Thursday, July 17, 2014

ARE MOST YOUNG NIGERIAN WOMEN OVERWEIGHT?






No, this is not a gender biased article (as you can see from the above picture:)), just talking from a recent experience I had.

Was called by one of the biggest churches in the city to volunteer for a women's health programme, which involved checking the participant's BMI (Body Mass Index) and by extension their body fat and visceral fat.

A quick understanding of the above terms is crucial:

Body Mass Index (BMI) seeks to measure whether you are the ideal weight considering your height. It also relates to age. So a high body mass index means you are either overweight, obese or morbidly obese; on the other spectrum is being underweight. BMI can be easily measured by dividing the person's weight in kg by the square of her height in meters.

Body fat as the name implies, measures your body fat.

Visceral fat measures the fat around your organs.

So the risks of the above are obvious: hypertension, diabetes, artherosclerosis, cancer, depression etc.

My findings: About 60 percent of the women I reviewed at the conference were either overweight or had a high body or visceral fat, some obese,one morbidly obese and only one underweight (this was just at my stand, and I'm sure the picture cut across other stands).

The women were mostly in the younger age group (20-45).

Do you agree with my generalisation?

If true, what could be the cause?


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

5 FASCINATING CONDITIONS YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T HEARD ABOUT.


Yes we've all heard about hypertension, diabetes and cancer, but there are some conditions one can write a bestseller about(and some have done just that). How many of the following have you heard about?

1. CHARLES BONNET SYNDROME:

Imagine, like happened to me one day, you meet a person, the person starts talking to you as if he's known you all his life, he is pleasant and goes on and on about one thing or the other, some related to the present, some totally unrelated, but they all make logical sense. He even shows you a chair to sit in and his eyes remain trained at you as if checking you out. Well, there is nothing amazing in that on its own; but what if after you left the person, you were told he was completely blind! He was just having visual hallucinations.

Charles Bonnet syndrome occurs in people who have lost their sight and they see things that are not really there and it is real to them.


2. FOLIE A DEUX (COMMUNICATED INSANITY):

I once met a lady who felt so strongly that her relatives didn't wish her well, she felt so much animosity towards them that she prevented her daughter ever meeting them. But there was only one problem, this woman was certified insane. It didn't take too long before the daughter developed the same symptoms her mother had. The mother had essentially transferred her insanity to her daughter.

Communicated insanity occurs when a previously sane person develops same symptoms as an insane person just by influence, it occurs a lot in families.

3.Tourette Syndrome:

Imagine someone that has to curse or use obscenities in every sentence, how unpleasant that would be for you; but what if the person has no control whatsoever over it?
Patients with Tourettes have completely involuntary repetitive movements and are prone to involuntary outbursts of obscenities.

4. Munchausen syndrome by Proxy:

This is another interesting one, imagine you wanted to get the eye of your medical practitioner, and the only way you see this happening is by continuosly using a child and either causing him to have true symptoms or deliberately fabricating or manipulating signs, symptoms and tests. You may even go as far as harming the child to achieve this purpose.

5. CONVERSION SYNDROME:

The mind is a powerful tool. Sometimes it can tell one that he is blind and voila, the person becomes blind; or it can say you are epileptic and voila you start having fits. But when a medical examination is done, nothing is found.

Conversion syndrome occurs when physical symptoms are caused by psychological problems and may resolve when these problems are solved.

So score yourself, how many of the above have you heard about? I would really like to know.