Friday, October 20, 2017

DAY 2: How Will I know I have Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?


Why all this fuss about PID? What is the big deal about it?

It is important because it can lead to infertility or damage to a woman's tubes; this damage may lead to an ectopic pregnancy, which is a pregnancy located in the wrong place.

But before this happens, a woman may feel the following symptoms:

Lower abdominal or pelvic pain

There may be vaginal discharge

Hotness of her body

She may feel like vomiting or actually vomit .


If you suspect you have PID, you have to see a doctor for confirmation.

The doctor will want to know what symptoms you have, he will also want to do some examination.

He will check your temperature as well as examine your abdomen, he may also do a pelvic examination looking for any areas of tenderness,

All these may be enough to make the doctor reach a diagnosis, if not he may want to do some tests like an ultrasound or use a special instrument to view the pelvis.

See a doctor, you can be sure of confidentiality. Join me tomorrow as we talk about how to prevent PID.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

DAY 1: What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?


Welcome to all new subscribers, remember to tell your friends and family about this service.

We begin a new topic today one that is important to a woman's reproductive life and health. Men also need to know about this topic as it will be important in helping to foster a productive relationship with your spouse.

We will be talking about pelvic inflammatory disease.

Where is the Pelvis?


The pelvis is generally that area in your lower abdomen around your waist, this is where most of a woman's reproductive organs are located.

Can you list some organs located there?

Did you mention the fallopian tubes, uterus(womb) and ovaries? You are right.

This is the site of pelvic inflammatory disease which is generally an infection or inflammation of these organs and the structures around them.

How does an infection get into the pelvis?


It is mainly through the vagina or cervix via sex (80% of cases are acquired through sexually transmitted infections). It may also be through the blood or bowel. Certain organisms are deposited in the vagina or cervix which spread to affect other structures.

These STIs are not nameless, they include organisms that cause chlamydia and gonorrhoea infections.

Who is at risk of PID?


Typically, sexually active young women who do not use protection and stay in areas where sexually transmitted infections are prevalent are more at risk.

Women with multiple sexual partners or past history of a STI are equally at risk.

Do you possess any of these risk factors? What can you do about it? Join me tomorrow as we discuss symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DAY 3: Getting Help For Depression.





Depression Self Help


We've learnt so much about depression. Is there a way to prevent it?

There is no 100 percent guaranteed way to prevent depression, Sometimes one notices it when it has already taken root but some conscious effort may succeed in preventing it or reducing its effect.

One of such things is adopting a positive and healthy lifestyle.

Eat healthy,stop smoking, alcoholism and other negative habits, make time out for exercises, incorporate healthy fun and recreation into your schedule.

A good family bond is also helpful. Do things together as a family, family members should not be caught up in their individual lives.


There are certain myths and beliefs we need to talk about. One is that you can easily snap out of depression, you find people saying things like why are you depressed? "Smile," "Come lets go out."

Depression is not so simple. It is not as easy as that to snap out of depression without a focused line of management.

Another myth is that if one has money, a beautiful wife or handsome husband, cars etc. he or she cannot get depressed.

Depression is no respecter of persons or position.

Getting Help For Depression.


Let's look at how to treat . First of all you need to recognise there is a problem, not everybody will like to see a doctor or psychiatrist but sometimes this becomes inevitable.

One can speak to an elder or a counsellor who may be able to give some advice. These however do not replace the role of a doctor.

When you see a doctor, the doctor might choose one of a number of approaches for treatment. One is psychotherapy which essentially involves discussing with you on ways to change your behaviour, thought and mood concerning the illness, a family member may be present at these sessions.

This method may be successful on its own or may require the addition of prescribed drugs, these drugs are called anti depressants.


The good news is that treatment significantly reduces symptoms in most people, though there is a risk of recurrence and sometimes further approaches may be necessary like electroconvulsive therapy .

Untreated depression could be a dangerous thing, there could be deliberate self harm and ultimate suicide, any attempt at suicide should not be glossed over and needs urgent professional help.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

DAY 2: DEPRESSION - Role of Life Situations



Depression Information.

Previously we defined depression, today we will talk about risk factors for developing depression.

Certainly we live in difficult times and face situations that can tilt one to depression without knowing how to cope.

These situations may include the loss of a loved one, this may be a spouse, a child or even multiple members of a family at once e.g. in a disaster.

Employment and financial problems like inability to get a job or to pay one's rent.

Health and relationship problems like a sudden fatal diagnosis or divorce.

Some people are known to have broken down health wise because of these; sometimes having a family member who suffers from depression puts one more at risk for developing it.

Do you possess any of these risk factors?

Do you suspect yourself or a relative has depression?

Who should you see or what tests should you do?

People often feel there is a stigma attached to seeing a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is just a doctor specialising in mental

health issues, they are the best to see if one is suspected of being depressed. They will take a careful history from you with the intent of screening to see if you're depressed before reaching a diagnosis. Join me tomorrow as we discuss how to prevent depression.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

DAY 1: DEPRESSION- More Than Feeling Sad?



Understanding Depression

Welcome to Daily Health Check.

A lot of people we meet everyday and sometimes we ourselves are not really as happy as we would like others to believe.

For some people it is obvious that all is not well, others do a great job in hiding it. There is nothing wrong with this in itself.

In 2012 suicide was the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults aged 15 -29 worldwide.

Suicide could be a consequence of depression.

What exactly is depression? What are the signs of depression? How can we recognise the signs in ourselves and people around us? Is feeling sad the same thing?

Depression is defined as having a low mood; so that means anybody can be depressed, however this should be short lived and shouldn't overwhelm us.

Depression becomes a clinical problem when it affects our ability to function normally in our day to day existence and in society.

As I said before, depression is characterised by a low mood; a lack of interest and indifference to things that usually interest one.

The person may also withdraw from society and prefer staying indoors, staring into space or crying with little provocation.

There can be mood swings or substance abuse. Children may be irritable or stop performing well at school.

Have you noticed any of these symptoms in yourself or someone around you?

Join me tomorrow as we discuss risk factors for developing depression.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

DAY 4: HOW TO TREAT OBESITY



Yesterday we talked about diet and exercise in preventing obesity, today we will look at treating it.

The most practical way to treat obesity is still to encourage the person to diet and exercise as well as modifying behaviour that predisposes them to obesity e.g. snacking. One has to find out what encourages the person to indulge in snacking, is it boredom, friends or passing a particular route daily? Then one will find alternatives to these.

In this environment, there is little else one can do. Yes, there are a few medications licenced for treating obesity, what some do is to prevent your body from absorbing the food you take or making you feel full.

These drugs are not readily available and they have to be under strict physician monitoring.

When someone is so obese that his or her life is threatened, such people are said to be morbidly obese; some cannot go out of their homes and need support to even go to the toilet, sometimes surgery is the only option left for such people.

A gastric bypass, banding etc. is done, what a bypass does as the name implies is to divide your stomach in such a way that the amount of food you eat is limited and parts of the digestive system is by passed , this limits how much nutrients you can absorb.

These procedures are very expensive requiring highly skilled surgeons, still, they are not without risks.


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Day 3 : Obesity - Myths and Prevention.




Yesterday, we talked about health risks associated with obesity, today we want to look at common myths and beliefs about obesity.

A common belief in our society is that obesity is a sign of wealth and good living, though some obese people may actually be wealthy, this is generally not true as we've found out.

Another is that it is only obese adults that can face health challenges, this is also not true as obese children and teens can also develop diabetes, hypertension etc.

When we discussed the causes of obesity we also found that it is not always eating food that causes obesity so don't look at obese people as gluttons.

Now, look at how to prevent it. Preventing obesity should start from developing the right habits in childhood; children should be taught proper eating habits, to be active and participate in sports.

Adults should avoid a sedentary life, this means an inactive life, being a couch potato, sitting all day and sending different people to do things for you without lifting a muscle.

Keep your car at home, walk to the grocery store, don't seat watching TV all day! Move!

Diet is really important, avoid junk food, cut down on your carbohydrates and fat, cook your own meals, reduce portions, incorporate vegetables and fruits into your meals.

Avoid alcohol, sweetened drinks and sodas. Don't forget to exercise , exercise is the best way to prevent obesity, you can jog, swim or do brisk walking 30 minutes daily for most days in a week.

You can join a gym or buy a bicycle.

Join me tomorrow as we discuss treating obesity.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Aisha Buhari and the Aso Rock Clinic Cabal






"There is a new disease in town called monkey pox."

"Really? Just like Ebola?"

"Well, not exactly."

" I remember that time when banks and schools were checking people's temperatures and providing taps to wash hands."

"Yes, we were quite health sensitive then, and the government was placed on her toes, but lately we've had some outbreaks like lassa Fever and cholera and we've been a bit overwhelmed."

" I hear Lassa fever is caused by rats but I was in a government hospital the other day and I saw large rats running around."

"Don't worry, the rats have been technically defeated, they no longer have the capacity to mount conventional attacks on the populace."

" I have my worries about this government's ability to fight this monkey pox"

"Young man, you don't know what you're saying, do you know how much the government has budgeted for health this year?

"You mean for the health of the president?"

"Young man, what are you talking about?"

"I hear 3.2 billion naira was budgeted for the Aso rock clinic."

"And so?"

"But Mr President doesn't use it. He'd rather go to his doctors in London"

"And so?"

"Is it not too much for a clinic?"

"Young man, do you know what a clinic is?"

"Yes, it is a place used to provide health services to patients, what could they possibly need 3.2 billion naira for?

"Young man, we are talking about Aso Rock, don't you know the president needs a first class clinic with state of the art facilities to serve him and the Aso Rock staff?"

"But I hear there are no syringes there and the Xray machine is faulty."

"And so?"



"But sir, if they can't maintain it, why not pump the money into the teaching hospital in Abuja."

"My friend do you want the president to go to a public teaching hospital?"

"I'm sorry sir, but err... I don't understand why the budget of a clinic is more than the budgets of some teaching hospitals. What is the money being used for and why are there no syringes?"

"Sharrap there, are you wiser than the government?"

"No sir, but the first Lady is married to the President and she has no idea, does that mean the president has no idea?"

"Young man, it seems you don't have any respect."

"I'm sorry sir, I was just trying to make common sense."




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DAY 2: Is it just food that causes obesity?






Last time I taught you how to calculate your body mass index which is your weight in kg divided by the square of your height in metres.

Today we will talk about the causes of obesity.

Is eating food the only cause of obesity? The answer is no.

When Obesity is caused by eating, it means what you take in (energy) exceeds what you give out.

Other times obesity can result from some diseases like thyroid disease and Cushing's syndrome, it can also come about as a result or side effect of using certain drugs e.g. steroids, oral contraceptives and some drugs used in treating depression.

Obesity may also run in some families due to genetic factors.

So what are the health problems associated with obesity?

These problems are myriad: obesity puts one at risk of diseases like diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis which is thickening of the walls of the arteries - this can predispose to a heart attack, arthritis which is inflammation of the joints and also some cancers like breast and gall bladder cancers.

Obesity may also cause disturbances in breathing while sleeping, it may also make the person feel depressed and withdraw from society,

Join me tomorrow as we discuss myths and beliefs about obesity.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

DAY 1: Am I Obese?







Thank you for following and welcome to all new subscribers. Today we begin a new topic.

There is a rising problem in our country, a problem that was previously mostly known in western countries; the problem is that of obesity.

Worldwide there are estimated to be about 250 million obese people which is about 7% of the world's population!

What does it mean to be obese? Is being fat or big the same thing as being obese? Why is it a rising concern in our society today?

What are the medical risks and solutions?

Before answering these questions we need to know what obesity is. Most of us just say a person is obese just by looking at the person.

Though you can guess a person is obese by looking, that is not the objective way and you may label people who are not obese as being obese.

Medically, we define obesity using what is called the Body mass index or BMI. A person with a BMI 30 and above is regarded medically as obese, between 25-29.9 is regarded as being overweight.

Calculating one's BMI is pretty easy. You just need to know your height in metres and your weight.

Lets say your height is 1.5m and your weight is 100kg. Now get the square of your height this is 1.5 times 1.5 which is 2.25. Now divide your weight by the square of your height, that becomes 100kg divided by 2.25, this gives 44.4.



Recall that we said a BMI above 30 means a person is obese, so this is a case of obesity. Actually a BMI 40 and above is regarded as morbidly obese.

Why don't you check your BMI today, all you need is a tape measure and a scale.

Note: Normal BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

DAY 4: Best Headache Relief - Methods and Treatment.




Welcome To Daily Health Check. We've been talking about Headaches and migraine.

So what can you do if you have frequent migraine and headaches?

Let's talk about preventing headaches. Remember we talked about some things that trigger headaches and migraine such as stress. learn to take time out to relax and balance your work and home life, manage your emotions, don't let things get to you unduly.

Alcohol products and tobacco are another trigger. These are things you should watch out for.

There are different ways to approach treatment of headaches, not everyone will like to use drugs, however sometimes it may become inevitable . Some non drug measures that may help include using ice or hot packs, stretching and relaxation, exercise and of course sleep. Take time for a siesta, if necessary you can use your break time for this, I'm sure your boss won't mind.

Massaging is another method that may be used to relieve headaches, here the head, neck and shoulders are gently massaged.

There are drugs you can buy over the counter that can help relieve minor headaches, these include drugs like paracetamol and ibuprofen, be careful of over using such drugs as some of these drugs can in themselves induce headaches.

It is advisable to see a doctor whenever you have severe or recurrent headaches and migraine. There are specific drugs that are prescribed for these conditions, a lot with side effects so they have to be prescribed under the watchful eyes of a doctor preferably a neurologist who is a specialist in such conditions.

I hope you now have a better understanding of headaches. Join me tomorrow as we begin a new topic.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

DAY 3:

MIGRAINE HEADACHE





Migraine Headache Symptoms

Welcome to Daily Health Check.

Yesterday we talked about cluster headaches, today we will look at migraine headache.

Do you know that over 70 % of people who have migraines are women? Did you know also, if you have a family member with migraine, there is higher possibility of having it.

Migraines are a severe and complex type of headache that have the characteristic of occurring over and over again; a unique thing about migraines is that they can give a warning that they are about to occur, these warnings are called aura, this aura could take the form of seeing flashes of light or not being able to see parts of your surrounding as if there is a light covering it.

Migraine Triggers


There are certain things that are known to trigger attacks of migraine in some people, one of them is stress another is inactivity, another is not having regular sleep.

Have you ever had an aura? Can you describe it?

Do you know what triggers your migraine?

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

DAY 2: WHAT CAUSES SEVERE ONE SIDED HEADACHES?




Welcome to Daily Health Check

Yesterday we talked about types of headache and we started with tension headaches.

Today we will discuss cluster headaches.

Cluster headache like the name implies is a cluster of headaches, it is severe and strictly one sided and can be felt around the temple region and the eyes.

It may feel like being stabbed or like a force is dragging your eye.

Sometimes you may notice water coming out of the nose or eye on that side.

Cluster headaches may occur suddenly with each episode lasting between 5 and 30 minutes.

Do you have any of these symptoms? Join me tomorrow as we discuss migraines.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

DAY 1 Headaches and Migraine


Welcome to Daily health check! We begin a new topic today.

Almost all of us at some point in our lives would have exclaimed "Oh, I have a headache!" Or "my head hurts!" Or "I think I have a migraine!"

It is such a common symptom that you find some people who say they have a headache almost everyday!

What exactly is a headache?

Simply put a headache is pain which we feel around the head region.

So is it normal to have a headache?

Can a headache signify something sinister?


There are various types of headache which include tension headaches, cluster headaches and migraines. I will explain these.

There are times we develop headaches after stressing ourselves or when we feel depressed, this is called a tension headache, typically this may be felt as fullness or tightness in the head, it can be as short as 30 minutes or last up to a week.

The good thing is that it responds to simple analgesics. Are you wondering what type of headache you keep having?

Why not join me tomorrow as we discuss cluster headaches.


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DAY 7: TESTS AND TREATMENT FOR MENSTRUAL AND OVULATION PROBLEMS


Welcome to Daily Health Check

We have been talking about problems with menstruation and ovulation.

Today, we will discuss the tests a woman can undergo to confirm if there is any irregularity with their periods or ovulation.

The tests required will depend on the particular problem.

These tests range from a pelvic scan which is to view the female reproductive organs.

Another is a high vaginal swab for vaginal discharge and infections.

A hormonal profile test is to check if the problem is with her hormones.

Sometimes more specialised tests like a ct scan and biopsy may be required.

If you are having any irregularities with your periods or ovulation, please speak to your doctor.

Let's talk about treatment options for menstrual and ovulation problems.

Generally, treatment will depend on what has been identified to be the problem through the diagnostic tests conducted.

These treatment options may range from just counselling and reassurance that nothing is wrong to antibiotics for infections, contraceptive drugs for hormonal problems and even surgery for problems such as fibroids.

It is advisable to see a doctor, preferably a gynaecologist for management of such problems.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

DAY 6: MENSTRUAL FLOW Myths and Beliefs, brown blood, clots etc




Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby.

Today we will address common myths about menstruation and ovulation.

The first is that menstrual blood has to be bright red.

This is not correct as the period is made up of a number of substances including the lining of the womb so it can take various shades of red, it can even look dark brown or almost black towards the end of a period. It is also normal for there to be clots occasionally especially in women with heavy flows.

Another myth is that a period that is not 28 days apart is not normal.

Again, this is incorrect as period lengths vary between 21 and 35 days.

People say a woman cannot menstruate twice in a month, this is another false assertion as women with 21 day cycles can have their periods twice a month.

Are there any things you've heard about the menstrual cycle you would like to share?

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

DAY 5: SHOULD I DO AN OVULATION TEST?



Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby.

Over the last few days, we have looked at the concept of menstruation and ovulation

As we may be aware, a woman needs to ovulate in order to release eggs for fertilization by a man's sperm.

However in some instances, women may have problems with ovulation.


These problems may include a woman not ovulating at all. This is a situation whereby no eggs are released.

Most of the time, women are only aware they have this problem when they cannot get pregnant or when they have fluctuations in the length of their menstrual cycle.

It is important to note that it is also possible for a woman with a regular menstrual cycle not to ovulate.

So, the question is, what may cause these
problems?


1. It may be due to abnormal functioning in the parts of the brain that send signals to the reproductive organs.

2. Hormonal problems like excess prolactin and other hormonal disorders could be another cause.

3. Another cause may be disease of the ovaries such as polycystic ovaries. In this case a woman may notice she has excess hair growing in a male pattern e.g. on the chin and chest, she may have breakouts of acne and put on lots of weight.

4. Sometimes ovulation problems may be caused by tumours.

If you suspect any of the above, or you want to test for ovulation, please see a doctor, preferably a gynecologist. There are tests like hormone tests which will be done.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

DAY 4: OVULATION - When is My Fertile Period?




Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby.

We are still on the subject of ovulation.

let us discuss the concept of fertile period.

Many couples use this as a form of natural family planning.

Fertile period is simply the period in the menstrual cycle where a woman is likely to get pregnant.

This corresponds to the time a sperm is likely to find an egg to fertilize.

In a woman with a 28 day menstrual cycle, she is expected to ovulate on the 14th day after she begins her

cycle. This simply means counting from the first day her period begins (Day1), she is expected to ovulate on day 14.

She is therefore able to get pregnant around this period.

Remember the egg is produced this period and it survives for about 24 hours while the male sperm survives about 5 days. This means

she can get pregnant anytime from 5 days to her ovulation and one day after.

This is her fertile period.

Join me again tomorrow for more.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Day 3. Ovulation: What is it?



Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby!

We are still on our topic of menstruation and today we Will discuss ovulation.

What is ovulation?

Do you know when you ovulate?

Simply put, ovulation is that part of a woman's cycle where the egg is released for fertilization by a male sperm.

This released egg remains viable for just about 24 hours waiting to be fertilized.

If fertilization does not happen, the egg and other contents are released as menstruation.

Just like menstruation, ovulation can give a few signs -these include a discharge that looks like egg white and increased basal body temperature. You can monitor this by checking your temperature immediately after waking.

There are also ovulation test kits available.

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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. TYPE 2 DIABETES DIET - 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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This is Dr Gabby wishing you a great day.

Stay Healthy!








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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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This is Dr Gabby wishing you a great day.

Stay Healthy!


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DAY 4: DIABETES- Prevention and Reversing Diabetes



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. These are what one should do when looking for a natural cure for diabetes.

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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This is Dr Gabby wishing you a great day.

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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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This is Dr Gabby wishing you a great day.

Stay Healthy!




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Monday, September 18, 2017

DAY 2: DIABETES- Blood Sugar Monitors and Blood Sugar Test.




Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby!

Yesterday we began our discussion on diabetes, today we will talk about how to check your blood sugar and what to expect.

There are two ways you can check your blood sugar.

You can go to a laboratory or hospital where your blood will be drawn or you can check it yourself by buying a blood sugar monitor, this device is called a glucometer, it requires just a prick of blood.

A fasting (before eating in the morning) sugar level of above 126mg/dl is indicative of diabetes and you will need to be further reviewed by a doctor.

Have you ever tested for diabetes?

Join me tomorrow as we discuss the symptoms of diabetes.


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This is Dr Gabby wishing you a great day.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Day 1: Diabetes - Is it just about Sugar?



Hello!

Welcome to health check with Dr Gabby

Today we begin a new topic - diabetes mellitus or as it is commonly referred to-diabetes.

Diabetes is one illness most of us have heard about which we attribute to taking sugar but is that all we
need to know about it?

Diabetes is a condition whereby the level of blood sugar in the body is increased beyond normal.

This happens when a hormone called insulin which functions to mop up the sugar in the body is either absent or not
sufficient.

There are two major types of diabetes mellitus - Type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 usually has an earlier onset in life and requires one to take insulin.

Type 2 starts later in life and may not require insulin.

Join me tomorrow as we talk about how you can check your blood sugar.

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This is Dr Gabby wishing you a great day.

Stay Healthy!










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DAY 7: HYPERTENSION - How to Monitor your BP





Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby!

Today, we will conclude on the subject of hypertension.

I hope you have learnt a lot about the topic.

Today we will look at how to monitor your blood pressure.

It is advisable you get your own blood pressure machine especially if you are hypertensive so you can check your blood pressure at home.

You can record your blood pressure in a diary or notebook which you can show to your doctor when you go for appointments. This is a good way of letting the doctor have an idea of your normal BP ranges as a few people have a raised blood pressure just because they are in a hospital and are anxious.

You don't need to check your BP everyday, you can check every other day or once or twice a week.

You can also go to a nearby pharmacy or clinic to have it checked.

Do you own a Blood Pressure monitor?

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Join me tomorrow for a new topic.

This is Dr Gabby wishing you a great day.

Stay healthy!





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Saturday, September 16, 2017

DAY 6: HYPERTENSION- Myths and Beliefs





Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby.

Yesterday we discussed the complications of hypertension.

Today we will talk about some common myths and beliefs about hypertension that are false.

One of such myths is that once you take medication for treating hypertension you will not need to continue with the medication.

This is completely untrue.

Unless a secondary cause can be found and treated, hypertension is usually a condition that cannot be
cured but must be managed throughout life.

Another myth is that children, teenagers and young adults cannot have hypertension.

This may have been true in the past, but these days, high blood pressure affects people of all ages --
including young children


Have you heard anything about hypertension you're not sure whether it is true? Please share in the comments section.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

DAY 5: HYPERTENSION - Treatment and Complications





Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby.

Yesterday we talked about how to prevent hypertension, today we will examine its treatment.

There are various approaches to treating hypertension.

One is lifestyle modification which we examined briefly earlier on when we talked about habits, diet and
exercise.

Another approach is medication.

There are many types of drugs used for treating hypertension.

What works for one person may not work for another which is why it is essential to always make sure a
doctor prescribes your medication.

In some cases, the doctor may prescribe more than one medication for proper control of the blood pressure.

That being said, let us look at the complications of
the disease.

When hypertension is untreated or not properly treated, it may affect the brain leading to a stroke.

It may also affect the heart causing heart failure and cardiac arrest.

Uncontrolled hypertension can also affect the kidneys leading to kidney failure.

In these ways hypertension may lead to a coma or death if not properly treated.

Join me tomorrow as we tackle common myths and beliefs people have about hypertension.

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This is Dr Gabby wishing you a great day.

Stay healthy!





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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

DAY 4: HYPERTENSION - Role of Diet and Habits




Hello!

Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby.

We are still on the subject of hypertension and some of the ways we can prevent it.

Today, we will look at diet.

What we eat is so important in a hypertension prevention lifestyle.

Generally a diet that is low in sodium and high in potassium is beneficial in reducing blood pressure.

Avoid adding extra salt to your food.

Take lots of fruits and vegetables.

Avoid fries and fatty food. Make sure the oil used for cooking your food is cholesterol free.

Do you smoke? Now is the time to stop.

Also limit your alcohol intake.

Most importantly, regular check up is vital to prevent onset of hypertension.

Join me tomorrow as we discuss treatment options for hypertension.

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This is Dr Gabby wishing you a great day.

Stay healthy!






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DAY 3: HYPERTENSION - What are the Symptoms and Ways to Prevent?



Hello!

Welcome to Health Check with Dr Gabby.

We are still on the subject of hypertension and today we want to look at its symptoms.

Most of the time, in the early stages of the disease many people will not have any symptoms.

They may only discover that they are hypertensive when they routinely have their blood pressure checked.

This is why routine health check up is so important.

Some others may have vague symptoms such as an unexplained headache.

Some pregnant women may also develop hypertension during the course of their pregnancy.
This may or may not go away after delivery.


Now, let's look at some of the ways to prevent hypertension.

Being physically active is one of the easiest ways to prevent hypertension.

Be active and exercise.

According to the World Health Organisation, strong evidence shows that individuals who are more active
have lower rates of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some other
chronic diseases.

You can try brisk walking, jogging or running for about 30 minutes each day for most days in the week.
Learn to relax and take life easy.

What measures are you taking to prevent hypertension? I'd really like to know, please comment below.

Join me tomorrow as we look at more ways to prevent hypertension.

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This is Dr Gabby wishing you a great day.

Stay Healthy!

Monday, September 11, 2017

DAY 2: HYPERTENSION - Causes and How to Check




Hello! Welcome to Health check with Dr Gabby,

We began talking about hypertension yesterday. Most of the cases of hypertension are what we call primary hypertension. In such cases, a cause cannot be easily identified.

In some people hypertension runs in their family, in others, it may occur due to their lifestyle or environment, for example taking excess alcohol, excess salt (which we call sodium),obesity and stress.

Hypertension can also result from other diseases like diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and some drugs, this is called secondary hypertension.

To know if you have hypertension, you have to check your blood pressure

Blood pressure is checked with a machine called sphygmomanometer.

There are two main kinds, the digital and aneroid.

You can check your BP at any clinic, hospital or pharmacy near you.

Alternatively, you can choose to purchase a BP machine that you can operate - these are the ones that can
be strapped around the wrist or arm.

When was the last time you checked your BP? I'd really like to know!

Join me tomorrow as we begin to look into the effects of hypertension.

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This is Dr Gabby wishing you a great day.

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DAY 1: HYPERTENSION - What is it?



Hello! Welcome to Daily Health Check with Dr Gabby.

Today we will begin our discussion on hypertension. Hypertension or high blood pressure as it is popularly called is a condition whereby blood pumps in the blood vessels at a greater pressure.

Hypertension is one of the major causes of illness in the world. For an adult over 18 years of age, a persistently raised blood pressure beyond 140/90 is termed hypertension.

Usually more than one blood pressure reading is required to make a diagnosis.

Have you ever checked your Blood pressure?

Join me tomorrow as we discuss the causes and types of hypertension.

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This is Dr Gabby wishing you a great day.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Do Over The Counter Drugs Work For 'Manhood' Problems?



In Nigeria, when you have a health problem, you don't need to think too much about what to do, you can just walk into any pharmacy or chemist with or without a prescription and get a remedy. Whether or not the 'remedy' gotten is appropriate for your condition is another matter entirely.

One common agony for a lot of Nigerian men is getting drugs for erectile dysfunction, they want something immediately, now, there's no time to wait for annoying doctor tests. But do these easily obtained drugs work?

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Staphylococcus. The Dreaded Name Nigerians Fear.






Take a trip to any major motor park or market and find a corner to sit and observe the sights and sounds around you. Listen especially for the mobile herbal drug sellers.

I was at a popular motor spare part market in Lagos some time ago and listened as a local herbal drug seller bombarded the airwaves advertising his wares. I naturally wouldn't have paid any attention but as he was using a really 'loud' loud speaker I had no choice but to listen. My ears pricked as what he was saying slowly filtered into my brain.

Maybe I wouldn't have had any problem with him if he was saying his drug was a general cure for all diseases (as they always claim), but he picked a specific name and practically libeled it blaming it for possibly every disease and condition under the sun from backache to STDs to erectile dysfunction. With gusto he kept shouting and blaming Staphylococcus. I was livid, surely staphylococcus couldn't be blamed for all these myriad conditions.

I watched a Nollywood movie recently in which a doctor told a couple that their test result was out and they had staphylococcus! The wife turned in utter shock, disbelief and despondency at her husband, her life was literally over and it was his fault. Staphylococcus! What a shameful man.

There are certain things we should know about Staph, one is that it is one of those 'normal' organisms found on our skin, in our nose, nails etc, it can also be found on surfaces. Sometimes when a laboratory test shows growth of Staph, it is often due to contamination of the sample during handling.

So is Staphylococcus a sexually transmitted infection?

Staph is not considered a Sexually transmitted infection but it can be transmitted from skin to skin contact e.g.during sex.

So what kind of infections can Staph cause?

Staph can cause many infections such as boils and skin infections, food poisoning and urinary tract infections

Can Staphylococcus kill you?

It is quite unlikely that staphylococcus would kill you except of course it leads to a more serious infection and you refuse to treat or don't use appropriate antibiotics.



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Sunday, April 23, 2017

HEALTH NEWS: Is It Safe To Take Expired Medicine?






You've kept a pack of paracetamol very well, but fortunately, you've never had cause to use it. It is now midnight and you are woken from sleep with a nagging headache; you reach for the pack of paracetamol, but something tells you to look at the expiry date. No! It expired a month ago! Luckily, the pack is still in the same state as when you bought it. What do you do?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

WHY IT TAKES 3 YEARS TO GET TO A HOSPITAL IN NIGERIA.




It took Madam Comfort and Madam Jennifer (Not real names) about 5 years and 1 year respectively to get to a hospital.

You would think that they would have arrived the hospital earlier but like all things in Nigeria, nothing is as easy as it seems.

The fact that Madam Comfort's abdomen looked as if three grown men were hiding inside or that her legs looked like two Iroko trees standing side by side having a conversation wasn't enough to wake up any sense of urgency. Madam Jennifer's case was not so bad, her abdomen, though enlarged just made her look pregnant, for an elderly lady in her 70s I guess this wasn't anything to seriously worry about.

A doctor confronted with such cases might not know where to start after getting over the initial shock and bewilderment, I mean, don't these people have eyes? How can you sit at home and ignore such glaring symptoms?

There is also another quandary the doctor faces, do you take such cases as emergencies? For surely they can't be emergencies if they decided to take so long before presenting.

Let's say the doctor decides just to order for some tests to be done and sends them home, there are two possible Nigerian reactions; one is to humbly accept that the doctor is always right and the other is to ask the doctor, "Look at her, can she go home like this?"

Well, duh.

But we are skirting the main question here which is why did it take them so long to get to the hospital?

Nigeria is a unique place. Such cases happen everyday.

An elderly woman is left alone in the village while her children have gone to chase the golden fleece in Lagos, Abuja or other metropolitan areas. She notices something wrong with her body and she goes to her backyard, plucks some leaves, adds a few essentials and drinks. She expects to get better.

In a few weeks, a neighbour comes to visit and notices mama is not looking very right. "There is this specialist in roots I know, I can take you there," the neighbour offers. A date is set for the next week.

Mama is taken there and she returns home with her 'prescription'.

Another month passes and mama is not getting better. Some enlightened relatives come visiting.

"Mama, this looks like an attack, let's take you to a spiritualist," they offer.

Mama begins a 6 month spiritual therapy.

Finally mama is tired and decides to stay at home and accept her fate. Calls are made to her child/ children in the city. They respond that they will come to the village as soon as they can get time off work. They send money to mama.

It takes another 5 months before they get time. Finally they are home with mama. They look at the situation of things.

"Mama, let me return to the city and make preparations for you to come over."

These 'preparations' take another 4 months.

Mama is finally in Lagos or Abuja, but that is not the end of mama's woes.

There is no money to take mama to the hospital

Another period of hustling begins which can take several months, money is gradually collected from different relatives and well wishers.

Finally mama is brought to the hospital about 3 years after her initial symptoms.





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DAY 2: How Will I know I have Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?

Why all this fuss about PID? What is the big deal about it? It is important because it can lead to infertility or damage to a woman'...