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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This is Dr Gabby wishing you a great day.

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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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Monday, September 18, 2017

DAY 2: DIABETES- Getting Tested




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 the device to monitor it, 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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