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Looking Blissful In Menopause

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Menopause is marked by
the ending of menstruation, that is to say that when a woman stops experiencing her monthly menstrual flow as a result of some hormonal change. Menopause does not only mark the end of a programme in a woman’s life cycle, it leaves many women with physical and emotional problems such as hot flushes, night sweats and irritability, including vagina dryness.
While some women experience menopause from age 50 and above, others have theirs as early as 45. The most important point is that you get yourself acquainted with information about menopause and be ready to absolve it when it comes.
These hormonal changes can make you feel as if you are not in control of your own body, not to worry, there are ways to ease the symptoms. For Hot flushes and night sweats which are the most common symptoms, they are caused by a malfunction in the body’s normal method of temperature control. They can occur even before the eventual stoppage of the monthly menstrual discharge but they are most common in the first year after the last menstrual flow. Hot flushes can be tackled by wearing lighter clothing, keeping the bedroom cool at night, engaging in more vigorous exercises, trying to reduce one’s stress levels and avoiding potential triggers such as spicy foods, caffeine, smoking and alcohol.
Psychological symptoms can include depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, and fatigue.
However, taking plenty of water, regular exercises, and relaxation exercises such as yoga are prescribed tactics that can help improve mood.
Restful sleep remains a good therapy for night sweat and other menopausal symptoms. Sleep can be improved by avoiding exercise two hours to bed time and maintaining a set time for bed.
However, there is evidence that women who are more active tend to suffer less from the symptoms of menopause. Exercise is not just important for the relief of short-term –symptoms. It also protects the body from heart diseases and osteoporosis.
With exercise, the bones that support the muscles are kept strong, flexibility and mobility are increased which in turn improves one’s balance.
It is important that women in menopause maintain a regime of regular and sustained aerobics. Brisk walking about thrice weekly is a cheap, easy and great way to start exercising.
It is also important to note that women who smoke have an earlier menopause than non-smokers they have worse hot flushes and don’t always respond quickly to medicare.
Apart from helping oneself through regular exercises, if you think you have menopausal symptoms and are finding them difficult to deal with, you have a better succour in your doctor.
Just like every phenomenon that occurs in its season, menopause is a sure occurrence in womens’ life and at certain season of their life. Therefore, since it is not a thing that can be dulged or shyed away from, it is better to be fore armed so it does not constitute a problem.
Preparing for menopause in advance makes the experience a manageable one without interrupting a blissful ageing process.
To many women, menopause symptoms have negative effects on their jobs and relationship, why keep it all to yourself when your doctor can help you out?

 

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60 -Year – Old Man Commits Suicide After Assaulting Daughter

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A sixty-year-old man (name withheld) has committed suicide after he was caught having sex with his biological daughter of 17 years old.
The incident occurred at Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State recently.
Report reaching The Tide, said the man denied when the news was making the rounds that he was having affair with his daughter for some years.
The Tide learnt that after his denial, the community set a close watch on him and set a surveillance on.
The cat was let out of the bag, when after about one week of his denial, he was caught on top of his daughter, having carnal knowledge of her.
According to the report, the members of his community descended on him and gave him thorough beating and stripped him naked and he was taken to the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, where they performed certain rituals to appease the land.
Apparently worried about the stigma and scandal involved, he decided to commit suicide to avoid the embarrassment he might face from the community.
When the sad news reached the wife of the man who was already in the market, out of shame, she decided to abscond.
When contacted on phone, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro said that such report had not reached his table, adding that he would find out later. 

By: Joe Nwachukwu, Owerri

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Women Now Drink As Much As Men

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Research shows women suffer health consequences of alcohol liver disease, heart disease and cancer more quickly than men and even at lower levels of consumption. 
Researchers worry the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could amplify the rise in alcohol and mental health concerns among young women.
For nearly a century, women have been closing the gender gap in alcohol consumption, binge-drinking and alcohol use disorder. What was previously a 3-1 ratio for risky drinking habits in men versus women is closer to 1-to-1 globally, a 2016 analysis of several studies suggested.
And the latest U.S. data from 2019 shows that women in their teens and early 20s reported drinking and getting drunk at higher rates than their male peers in some cases for the first time since researchers began measuring such behavior.
This trend parallels the rise in mental health concerns among young women, and researchers worry the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could amplify both patterns.
“It’s not only that we’re seeing women drinking more, but that they’re really being affected by this physically and mental health-wise,” said Dawn Sugarman, a research psychologist at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts who has studied addiction in women.
Research shows women suffer health consequences of alcohol liver disease, heart disease and cancer more quickly than men and even at lower levels .
Perhaps most concerning is that the rising gender equality in alcohol use doesn’t extend to the recognition or treatment of alcohol disorders, Sugarman said. So even as some women drink more, they’re often less likely to get the help they need.
Although the gender gap in alcohol consumption is narrowing among all ages, the reasons differ. For people over 26, women are increasing their alcohol consumption faster than men. Among teens and young adults, however, there’s an overall decline in drinking. The decline is simply slower for women.
That may sound like progress, said Aaron White, a senior scientific adviser at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. But it may indicate larger underlying issues.
“We have a real concern that while there might be fewer people drinking, many of those who are drinking might be doing so specifically to try to cope,” White said. “And that is problematic.”
Research suggests that people who drink to cope as opposed to drinking for pleasure have a higher risk of developing alcohol-use disorder. And while every individual’s reasons for drinking are different, studies have found women are more likely to drink to cope than men.
From Kaiser Health.com.

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Woman Sells Two Daughters For N300,000 In Ogun

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A 35-year-old housewife, Blessing Agoro, has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly selling her two daughters, Semilore Agoro (four), and Deborah Agoro (two).
The suspect was arrested, following a report lodged at Redeemed Camp Divisional Police Headquarters by her husband, Oluwaseyi Agoro.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement, yesterday.
Oyeyemi said the husband reported that when he returned from travelling last Tuesday he couldn’t find his two daughters.
The PPRO said, “The man stated further that all efforts to make his wife tell him the whereabouts of the children proved abortive, hence his report.
“Upon the report, the DPO Redeemed Camp division, CSP Alabi Akinjide, detailed his detectives to apprehend the suspect, who had already been with the camp’s code of conduct department.
“On interrogation, the suspect explained to the police that her husband left home for the past two years, and while he was away, she found it difficult to cater for the two children with her other two children she had for another man.
“She stated further that while she was contemplating on what to do, one Kolawole Imoleayo introduced her to a couple in Port Harcourt who was in need of children. She sold the two daughters to the couple at the rate of N300,000.
“Her confession led to the arrest of the said intermediary, Kolawole Imoleayo. They are both assisting the police in their investigation.”
The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID) for discreet investigation.
Oyeyemi added that Ajogun directed that the children must be rescued and brought back to their parents as soon as possible.

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