Monday, September 25, 2017

DAY 2: MENSTRUATION - When it doesn't flow right



Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby.

Yesterday we began our discussion on menstruation and we talked about normal menstruation.

Today we will look at abnormal menstruation.

There are various forms abnormal menstruation may take.

One is a change in how long the blood flows and the quantity.

Another is the duration between cycles - it could be months apart or quite frequently in one month.

Another abnormality is bleeding between periods.

Finally, there is absent or delayed menstruation.


So, what conditions cause abnormal menstruation?

Let's take absent or delayed menstruation. We know that when menstruation is delayed or absent, pregnancy is the first thing to think of; have you done a pregnancy test? When this has been ruled out we need to look at other causes.

It can be as a result of hormonal changes brought about when a woman gains or loses weight rapidly or if a woman is under stress e.g. bereavement, relationship problems etc.
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Heavy menstrual flow may be caused by conditions such as fibroid. Here you may find you use more pads or pads are soaked more than usual.

Also, a change in the menses may be caused by pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Here there may be a fever and lower abdominal pain.

Another possible cause of abnormal menses is the use of contraceptives.

This list is by no means exhaustive.

Can you identify a possible cause from the above?

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DAY 1 MENSTRUATION - What is Normal?




Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby!

Today we start a new topic, menstruation and ovulation.

Menstruation is simply the result of shedding of the lining of the womb in a woman.

It occurs when an egg is unfertilized.

This happens every month.

On the average, women menstruate every 21-35 days.

The blood has various shades of red and different levels of consistency.

Some women have heavy flow while others have a light flow, this is normal.

On the average, about 80mls of blood is lost during menstruation, this is about a third of an average cup.

This is what we consider normal menstruation.

Join me tomorrow as we discuss abnormal menstruation.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

DAY 7: DIABETES - When you don't treat




Welcome to Health check with Dr Gabby!

We have been on the subject of diabetes this past week, today we are going to look at some of the complications of diabetes.

Not treating diabetes can affect virtually all systems of the body from head to toe.

1. There could be eye complications such as cataracts which may lead to blindness.

2. Frequent skin infections such as boils.

3. Nerve damage and wounds that won't heal especially in the feet. This can lead to gangrene and
eventual amputation of the foot

4. There could be damage to the kidneys leading to kidney failure as well as coma and death in severe cases.

It is really important that diabetes has to be well managed.


The good news is that if your blood sugar is well monitored you won't have to face these complications.

So how do you monitor your blood sugar?

One way is by registering at a clinic or hospital where you can be monitored and followed up.

At the clinic, your medication will be reviewed as well as diet and your overall health.

Another way to monitor one’s blood sugar is by regular blood sugar tests.

You can get your own machine at home along with a dairy where you can record the readings.

Also it is important that you remember the signs of high or low blood sugar in order to know when to go to the hospital.


Well, that's it for now about diabetes, hope you've learnt a thing or two


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Friday, September 22, 2017

DAY 6. DIABETES - Myths and Beliefs: Should I eat only Beans and Unripe Plantain?




Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby.

Today, we will be looking at some common myths and beliefs about diabetes.

One of such myths is that only old people can develop diabetes.

This is very untrue as young people are also prone to diabetes especially Type 1 diabetes.

Another myth is that a diabetic patient cannot eat or drink anything that tastes nice. Some believe a diabetic should only eat beans and unripe plantain and not rice, eba, bread etc which most Nigerians can't do without.

This also is not true as a diabetic can eat all foods but what is required is guidance and monitoring of blood sugar. What should matter here is quantity. Do you know beans contains 60% carbohydrates?

Special sweeteners are also allowed.

Another myth is that a diabetic patient cannot take fruits because they're sweet, this is also not true, they can take a portion of fruit per meal.

You can see that diabetes is not a death sentence.

Join me tomorrow as we look at complications of diabetes.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

DAY 5: DIABETES - How to Treat




Hello!

Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby.

Yesterday we talked about lifestyle and dietary management of diabetes.

Today we will be looking at the drug treatment of diabetes.

Diabetes can be treated using tablets or insulin injections, these help to reduce the blood sugar.

An individual will need to see a doctor to decide which is best for them.

The doctor will make this decision based on the type of diabetes the individual has - either type 1 or 2 and how high the blood sugar is.

People with Type 1 diabetes are placed on insulin. Insulin is injected under the skin in certain sites on the body

In choosing the drugs, the doctor will also consider whether there are any other associated conditions such as hypertension.

Tomorrow we will discuss some common beliefs about diabetes that are false.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DAY 4: DIABETES- Prevention and Treatment



Welcome to Health Check With Dr Gabby!

Let's talk about how to prevent diabetes.

Diabetes can develop in an individual due to various factors.

One, it could be genetic- that is a situation where it runs in the family.

It could also be due to a combination of lifestyle factors such as lack of physical activity and obesity.

Some of the ways an individual can prevent diabetes include

1. live an active life.

2. Exercise and lose weight if you are overweight.

looking at the treatment of diabetes.

Just as we discussed on the subject of hypertension, lifestyle modifications is the first major step in the treatment of diabetes.

This involves losing weight, exercising and eating a healthy diet.

A lot of people are worried when they are told they have to change their diet, but a diabetic diet is really a healthy diet for the whole population.

Essentially it involves removing things such as processed sugars and reducing carbohydrate portions.

It also involves including more vegetables and fruits in one’s diet.

There are good hospitals that have dieticians that can help you with this.

join me again tomorrow as we continue this discussion on treatment.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DAY 3: DIABETES- Symptoms of High and Low Blood Sugar.




Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby

Yesterday we examined how to check blood sugar, today we will talk about the symptoms of diabetes.

Traditionally, some people believe that when a person urinates and ants gather around the urine, that individual has diabetes.

However, some telltale symptoms of diabetes include the following

1. An increased volume of urine: you notice you are passing much more quantity of urine than usual.

2. You become excessively thirsty, your mouth is always dry and you keep asking for water.

3. You are losing weight in spite of a healthy appetite.

Please note that having these symptoms does not automatically mean one has diabetes but it is better to
visit the hospital and get tested.

Now, let's consider another dimension: what are the symptoms of low blood sugar?

Low blood sugar level is called hypoglycaemia

Having low blood sugar may come about as a result of using anti diabetic drugs or insulin, or not eating for a considerable time.

One may notice sweating, shaking of the body and in extreme cases, the person may fall into a coma.

This is why it is also important to know about hypoglycaemia.

Join me tomorrow as we discuss how to prevent diabetes.

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