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The Menace Of Insulin Resistance

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The human body is characterized by a multi
plicity of cells which function to keep it in tact at all times except changes occur due to ailments. Change in the human body is inevitable due to factors ranging from age, lifestyle, and toxins in the environment, diet and knowledge.
The human body in its complexity is yet simple and accurate, precise in healing, regenerating and sustaining. Different climes generally affect and influence the ways the human body function just as neglect has an adverse effect on how it functions.
Most Nigerians live in very poorly ventilated and dirty environment and often attribute environment situations to proper management of landlord or caretakers not taking into cognizance the ailments which accompany such unhealthy environments.
Weight gain and obesity which are common sights in Nigeria are both responsible for countless deaths and untold suffering of many sick persons in Nigeria today.
These cases have been linked as major risk factors for conditions and diseases ranging from insulin resistance to fatty liver disease and the sequelae of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Epidemic of the 21st century, obesity is on a steady rise in developing countries with attention focusing on the younger generation.
The World Health Organization has estimated that there are greater than one billion over-weight adults with a body mass index of over 30, and a waistline of more than 88cm or 32 inches in women and 102cm in men and it poses a major public health issues.
Scientists have linked inflammation to obesity which most times precedes diabetes, although one third of hepatitis patients have been known to develop symptoms which can also lead to severe health issues including insulin resistance.
Healthy inclulin is produced to keep inflammation down which reduces a long term risk for diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis but high level insulin generate inflammation which can push calories into fat storage which an impire ovulation and stimulate the ovaries to make too much testosterone, a major cause of polycystic overian syndrome.
Polycystic overian syndrome which is known to lead to various issues which plague women ranging from irregular or absent periods, increased facial hair growth, excessive weight gain and the appearance of multiple small cyst on the overies leading to inability to conceive.
Thus women often miss symptoms like obesity, increased waistline, acanthosis Nigerians or dark velvety appearance of the skin usually around the neck underarms or gain as signs of high insulin levels.
In as much as the situation sounds grave, it is instructive that obese women not only cut down on carbohydrates, but also lose weight as a panacea to regulate insulin levels which can in the long run correct infertility issues or manage diabetes effectively.
Thus, it is instructive, that people take notice of how their body mechanism functions on daily bases, so as to take appropriate medication or consult a physician whenever the need arises.
Tammy Williams is a contributor

 

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Immunization: Health Board Targets Rural Communities

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Towards ensuring that immunization campaign achieves its target of over 90 percent, the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board, says it has provided modalities for trained health care providers to reach the interiors of the state.
Making this known in an exclusive interview, the Health Education / Coordinator, Rivers State Social and Behavioural Change Communication Committee, Dr Daris Nria, said provisions have been made to take the free immunisation exercise to the rural areas of the state.
Because immunisation programe will be running concurrently in all the local government areas, and these areas will be empowered with boats or other means of transport, as well as logistics.
She used this opportunity to call on the public especially parents and women of child bearing age to avail themselves the opportunity of being immunized against tetanus and other diseases.
In another development, the Maternal and Neonatal Child Health (MNCH) Focal Person, Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr Emen-Jaja stated that the MNCH week slated to commence from 20th – 24th September will provide health care services for children under the age of five years, pregnant women as well as their spouses.
Such services, according to her, include administration of vitamin A, deworming exercise, nutritional screening, general health checks, child spacing and birth registration.
“Both women of reproductive age and their spouses who visit the health care centres would also have free services within the week.

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CSO Wants Cancer Treatment Centres In Rivers

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The Rivers State Chapter of the Civil Society organsation (CSO) has called on the state government to establish cancer treatment centres in the state to address the current growing cancer cases in the state.
Making the call recently, chairman of the organisation, Mr Dennis Otobo, said going by the status among the community of states in the country, Rivers State needs such centres in strategic areas of the state.
He stated that “going by the position of Rivers State among other states in the country, we are over due to have enough cancer treatment centres, especially considering the State Government’s focus on the health of her people”.
According to him, “taking some of our cancer patients to other neighbouring states does not tell well of our health services, no matter how we look at it.
“Government should establish cancer treatment centres in the state, at least a one hub treatment centre in each LGA”, he said.
Otobo explained that for now, about 99 per cent of treatments for cancer and related services are provided by donor agencies and patients are taken outside the state for treatment, which requires a lot of fund that is mostly not available.
“If government can provide cancer treatment centres in the state, it will not only lessen the impact of the ailment in the state but will also alleviate the suffering of patients who cannot afford going for treatment outside the state”, he said.

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To Much Salt Consumption, Bad For Kidney – Expert

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A Nephrologist, specialist in Kidney disease, Dr Manda David-West, says excessive salt consumption is one key cause of kidney disease.
Stating this in a recent interview, she said in-take of too much salt is capable of damaging one’s kidney, in addition to raising blood pressure.
“Too much salt can raise up the Blood Pressure (BP), and once the BP is raised, if you are not on medication, It can damage the kidney over time, she said.
In order to prevent this, Dr David West, who is a Consultant Nephrologist at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) called for limitation in salt in-take.
She further stated that to prevent kidney disease, there was the need to cut down on carbohydrate and callory intake, alongside checking food in-take capable of increasing chances of developing diabetes mellitus.
Dr David West continued that enough intake of fruits and vegetables, alongside exercises with a view to keep fit also prevents kidney diseases.
Contrary to wide spread belief that food supplements are good for the body, Dr David West said too much intake of food supplements is not good for the body.
Accroding to her, besides taking fruits and vegetables, “they should engage in daily exercise, try and keep fit and be active as much.
“Even (food) supplement has not been proven to be good to the kidney, especially when it is taken for a long time.

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