Beware of diabetes

Type 1 diabetes

BY GABRIEL ISAAC OTUK Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar.In 2012, an estimated 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes. There are various types of diabetes. These include: Type 1 diabetes This is previously known as insulin-dependent, juvenile or childhood-onset. It is characterised by deficient insulin production and requires daily administration of insulin. The cause of type 1 diabetes is not…

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Manage your weight

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BY GABRIEL ISAAC OTUK Your weight needs to be managed so that you avoid being overweight or obese. Being overweight is defined as having abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair one’s health. By keeping an eye on our weight, we are thereby minding body mass index (BMI). The BMI is a simple index of weight-for-height ratio that is commonly used to indicate whether we are overweight, or are managing our weight well. BMI is defined as a person’s weight in kilogrammes, divided by the square of one’s height…

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Beware of knee deformities in children

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BY ISAAC GABRIEL OTUK Knee deformities are common in children. Some can be corrected if the parents notice them early and seek medical attention. The following are some of the common knee deformities: Genu valgum (knock knees) This is commonly called knock-knee condition. It affects the lower limbs in children and adolescents. This kind of deformity is common in growing children and is likely to appear by three or four years of age. Cases of  Genu valgum  are caused by physiological changes in the body. This can be due to…

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Dealing with pain addiction

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BY GABRIEL ISAAC OTUK Andrew Sentongo (not real name) got a traumatic injury  before taking pain killers  to ease pain. But taking painkillers did not relieve him  of the pain for several days.  He continuously took the painkillers.  But whenever he  abandoned them,  the pain would resurrect  and become  so  unbearable that he  decided to visit the doctor at the clinic. He was  told that he should have reported to a health facility the  previous day. How to deal with pain Pain is a very common condition. At least, a…

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Watch your energy levels

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BY GABRIEL ISAAC OTUK Your    energy levels  during the day’s activities are affected by the kind of meal option you take for breakfast, lunch, or  a snack.   They may be to blame for your fall in energy levels. As a  researcher in the field of nutrition, I have discovered that certain foods are energy sappers, while others will boost your energy as the day progresses. If the foods listed below are your favourites, then they  are the biggest culprits for your flagging energy. Coffee While this   may seem counter intuitive, …

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Running increases your life span

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BY GABRIEL ISAAC OTUK Various studies indicate that running for 15 minutes per day can   increase one’s lifespan. According to a review research published by Mayo Clinic, running six miles per week improves one’s longevity by three to six years. It also improves weight management, and lowers blood pressure. Running also lowers individuals’ risk to certain forms of cancer such as prostate and colon cancer. Contrary to popular belief, running is associated with lower rates of joint diseases (osteoarthritis), and it often  reduces  the chances of people needing hip…

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