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SILENT FERTILITY KILLERS

Hello peeps, thank God its friyay! I am so excited about this coming weekend because I need some rest.

I hope you had a stress-free  week? In case you didn’t , please find time to rest during the weekend because rest is essential if you must function maximally.

I started talking about infertility and its causes last week, in case you missed my last post, you can read it here…

I am going to continue from where I stopped by proceeding to:

THE TREATMENT OF GONORRHEA

The treatment of gonorrhea is strictly by combination of antibiotics. It is very important that you and your partner get treated even if you/your partner is not showing any sign of the infection, so as to prevent re-infection by the carrier.

According to Center for Disease Prevention and Control:  uncomplicated gonorrhea be treated only with the antibiotic ceftriaxone given as an injection in combination with either azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax) or doxycycline (Monodox, Vibramycin, others) two antibiotics that are taken orally.

Babies who are born by mothers who are with gonorrhea should receive antibiotic eye ointment after birth to prevent eye infection. If infection develops, antibiotics should be given.

NB: do not do self medication, always seek professional medical advise from your health care provider. 

If Gonorrhea is left untreated, the followings are the possible complications:

  • Infertility in women. Untreated gonorrhea can spread into the uterus and Fallopian tubes, causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which may result in scarring of the tubes, greater risk of pregnancy complications and infertility. PID is a serious infection that requires immediate treatment.
  • Infertility in men. Men with untreated gonorrhea can experience epididymitis — inflammation of a small, coiled tube in the rear portion of the testicles where the sperm ducts are located (epididymis). Epididymitis is treatable, but if left untreated, it may lead to infertility.
  • Infection that spreads to the joints and other areas of your body. The bacterium that causes gonorrhea can spread through the bloodstream and infect other parts of your body, including your joints. Fever, rash, skin sores, joint pain, swelling and stiffness are possible results.
  • It increases your risk of HIV/AIDS. People who have both gonorrhea and HIV can easily pass both diseases more readily to their partners.
  • Complications in babies. Babies who contract gonorrhea from their mothers during birth can develop blindness, sores on the scalp and infections.

 

However, Gonorrhea can be prevented. “Prevention is better than cure” this can not be over emphasized.

some of the prevention includes:

  • Complete abstinence from sex is the most reliable way to prevent gonorrhea. But if you choose to have sex, use a condom during any type of sexual contact.
  • Before the initiation of sexual intercourse with new partner find out whether your partner has been tested for sexually transmitted infections, including gonorrhea. If not, ask whether he or she would be willing to be tested.
  •  If your partner has signs or symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, such as burning during urination or a genital rash or sore, don’t have sex with that person.
  • Go for regular annual screening if you are sexually active and you are less than 25 years of age and for older women at increased risk of infection, also those who have a new sex partner, if you have more than one sexual partner, or if your sexual partner has a sexually transmitted infection.

    Regular screening is also recommended for men who have sex with men, as well as their partners.

To avoid reinfection with gonorrhea, abstain from unprotected sex for seven days after you and your sex partner have completed treatment and after the symptoms has subsided.

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I wish you a restful weekend.

lots of love.

Adenike Oladimeji (RN).

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THE SILENT KILLERS!!!

Hey boo, I hope this post meet you well?

I don’t know if there has been situation where you hear about the death of someone ( not necessarily a close relative) and you started asking what killed them??? yes, I have been in this situation severally and I kept o wondering, what killed them? Alas! the silent killer(s).

WHAT ARE THE  SILENT KILLERS?

Silent killers are the diseases that exist but are not obvious until they have done some damages.They are characterized by subtle symptoms that often go undetected or unnoticed. If too much time passes without treating the disease, it may cause serious complications or sometimes death.

Chances are high that people may be living with such dangerous diseases without knowing it.

There is only one cure and that is early detection which is usually through self examination or routine medical check up!

  1. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE-  it is also known as HYPERTENSION , it is a common disease in which blood flows through blood vessels (arteries) at higher than normal pressure. Normal blood pressure for adults is defined as a systolic pressure below 120mmHg and a diastolic pressure below 80mmHg. Abnormal increases in blood pressure are defined as having blood pressures higher than 120/80 mmHg. one out of every 3 adults, have high blood pressure.High blood pressure is usually associated with stress, smoking, high salt intake, anxiety, excessive drinking, and leading a sedentary lifestyle.Other factors that contribute include obesity, genetic factors, use of birth control pills or pain relievers, kidney disease and adrenal disease.Usually, high blood pressure does not present noticeable symptoms. In some cases, it may cause headaches, shortness of breath or nosebleeds, but these symptoms occur when the blood pressure reading is extremely high.

    If ignored, high blood pressure may lead to heart disease or even strokes. The only way to identify it is to regularly measure your blood pressure, either on your own at home or by an health practitioner. If you find the numbers are too high, consult your health care provider.

  2. DIABETES-a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood. the cause o diabetes has not been identified. However, factors like  genetics, obesity, a poor diet and lack of exercise appear to play important roles in developing this disease

According to the International Diabetes Federation, an estimated 387 million people             worldwide have diabetes and 1 in 2 people do not even know that they have it.

Some common symptoms include excessive thirst, hunger, sudden weight loss,                 frequent urination, tiredness, slow-healing sores or cuts, and blurry vision. An                  uncontrolled diabetes may result in serious complications such as  heart disease,                     kidney disease, limb amputation, strokes, and vision loss.  If you have any of the                      symptoms mentioned earlier, please get your blood sugar level checked.

3. HEPATITIS-It  refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver and is a viral infection that affects thousands of people globally. Different hepatotropic viruses cause different types of this disease, including hepatitis A, B, C, D and E.

Hepatitis A and E are caused by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Hepatitis B, C and D are contracted through transfusions of contaminated blood, sexual contact and during childbirth. Hepatitis can also be caused by excessive alcohol consumption and autoimmune diseases.

The virus may be present in the body for several years without causing any symptoms. However, it may cause symptoms like fatigue, muscle aches, jaundice, pale stools, low-grade fever, vomiting and diarrhea. If you have any of these symptoms, consult your doctor for a simple blood test or liver biopsy to check for hepatitis. If you are at a high risk of hepatitis, ask your doctor about getting a hepatitis vaccination.

4. CORONARY ARTERY  DISEASE (CAD)-It is a common heart disease caused by plaque(fats) buildup in the walls of your arteries. Too much plaque buildup narrows the arteries over time, which could partially or totally block the blood flow throughout your body. Over a period of time, CAD can also weaken your heart muscle, leading to heart failure.

Major risk factors for CAD include obesity or being overweight, a family history of heart disease, a poor diet, smoking and lack of physical activity.

As CAD does not cause any immediate signs and symptoms, it can go unnoticed until you have a heart attack. Opt for regular health checkups for timely diagnosis.

Eat a diet low in sodium and fat, avoid smoking, exercise regularly and take medications after consulting your doctor to reduce your risk of CAD or other heart conditions.

5.FATTY LIVER DISEASE- It is a condition in which the liver has difficulty breaking down fats, which causes a buildup in the liver tissue. There are two types of fatty liver disease– alcoholic liver disease and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Alcoholic liver disease is caused by excessive alcohol consumption. The exact cause of nonalcoholic disease, is not known yet.

It usually runs in families. Fatty liver is described as when more than 10 percent of the liver is fat and the impaired liver functioning has occurred in someone who drinks little or no alcohol.

During the initial stage, fatty liver disease usually does not cause any noticeable symptoms, rather the disease is harmless at this stage.

Overtime, the fat that accumulates in the liver causes inflammation. This leads to a more serious form of the disease.

You may experience dull or aching pain in the top right of your abdomen as well as fatigue, loss of appetite and a general feeling of being unwell if you have a fatty liver.

Risk factors include high cholesterol, obesity, polycystic ovary syndrome, sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes, underactive thyroid and underactive pituitary gland.

If you suspect you have a problem in your liver, consult your doctor. A simple blood test or ultrasound can help diagnose this problem at an early stage.

6. OSTEOPOROSIS- It is a disease that leads to bone deterioration, making them thin, hard and liable to break easily. It is also a “silent disease” that often has no symptoms in the early stages.Thus, the early stages of osteoporosis are difficult to detect and diagnose. On top of that, this disease can strike at any age.Often, the first sign is a painful bone fracture. A few signs of osteoporosis are loss of height over time, back pain, a stooped posture and bone fractures that occur even due to a minor fall.

Risk factors include being female, post-menopausal, other risk factors include family history, poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, certain medications, and a small-boned frame.

If you are at risk for osteoporosis, consult your doctor . To prevent osteoporosis, you should do regular exercise, eat healthy foods (especially calcium and vitamin D-rich foods), limit alcohol consumption and avoid smoking.

7.COLON CANCER- It is also a common silent killer. It is the third most common cancer in the U.S., with thousands of people diagnosed each year.

A tumor in the rectum or colon rarely develops overnight. It often starts as a small growth known as a polyp. Most of these polyps are noncancerous, but when ignored or left untreated, some of them can turn cancerous after a few years.

Early detection and removal of cancerous cells in the colon can cure the cancer in 90 percent of cases. But the key is to have colorectal screenings done at regular intervals to detect polyps and get them removed.

Although colon cancer won’t give you early warning signs, if you notice more constipation, diarrhea, blood in your stool, unusual gas or abdominal pain, low blood count, unexplained weight loss, vomiting and fatigue, get a simple checkup done to address the cause of the problem and potentially save your life.

8. NONMELANOMA SKIN CANCER– It  develops slowly in the upper layers of your skin due to over exposure to ultraviolet  rays or over exposure to sun or sources of indoor tanning, such as tanning beds and sunlamps. A family history of this cancer, pale skin that burns easily, and a large number of moles or freckles may increase your risk. Men and people over 40 years of age are at even higher risk.

Usually a red lump or scaly patch on your skin that doesn’t heal even after a few weeks is the first sign of nonmelanoma skin cancer.Consult your doctor if you see any skin abnormality that hasn’t healed after four weeks. The specialist may perform a biopsy to confirm whether it’s cancerous.

You should avoid overexposure to UV light, sunlamps and tanning beds, use a sunscreen, limit going out in sun during peak hours, and get regular checkups of your skin to reduce your risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer.

9. CHAGAS DISEASE –  also known as American trypanosomiasis, is a parasitic disease affecting 10 million people worldwide. It is caused when bitten by a bug known as the ‘kissing’ bug that carries the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi.

In the initial stage of this disease, there are usually no symptoms even though a high number of parasites are circulating in your blood.

In less than 50 percent of the people, the first visible signs are a sore (where the parasite has entered the body), eyelid swelling (if the parasite has entered through the eye), fever, fatigue, body aches, headaches, swollen glands, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting.When the disease becomes chronic, it causes severe cardiovascular and gastrointestinal problems that can even lead to death.

If you have symptoms of Chagas disease, consult your doctor. A simple blood test can confirm the presence of the deadly bugs and timely treatment can save your life.

10. CERVICAL CANCER-According to the World Health Organization, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer and cause of cancer mortality in women, especially in developing countries.

This cancer occurs in the cells of the cervix( part of the female reproductive organ), and usually causes no symptoms during its early stages. If not diagnosed on time, the cancer soon spreads to the bladder, liver, intestines or lungs. At later stages, one may experience pelvic pain or vaginal bleeding.

Cervical cancer is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), which spreads through sexual contact. In most cases, a women’s natural immune system is able to fight this infection. But certain types of HPV may lead to cervical cancer.

Women who smoke, have multiple sex partners, have many children, are overweight, use birth control pills for a long period or are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are at more prone to developing cervical cancer.

Usually normal cells in the cervix take several years to turn into cancer cells. So, if you experience even mild symptoms, consult your doctor about getting a Pap smear test. It is very effective in screening for cervical cancer.

 

Little things count, don’t ignore that mild pain, that sudden swelling, dizziness, headaches, discoloration or bleeding , see your health care provider without delay…

NOTHING IN LIFE IS PRECIOUS THAN LIFE ITSELF…

Stay healthy at all times…

have a great weekend!!!

With love from Adenike Oladimeji

 

THE EVIL CALLED CANCER

Hello sweeties,

Happy new month and I hope your January was a good start?

It was world cancer day on 4th of February (Saturday), I hope few of us got screened ? like females should check for ( breast or cervical cancer et all) and males ( prostate cancer , lungs etc).

According to WHO (World Health Organisation), Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer.

What is Cancer?

In a simple term, Cancer is a disease caused by an uncontrolled division/ growth of abnormal cells in a part of the body leading to increase cell mass with a potential to invade normal cells and metastasize to other distant cells/organs.

Cancers exist in different types according to the cell affected or the organs affected. The symptoms of cancer depends on the area affected but few of the symptoms can include:

  • Persistent, unexplained fevers or night sweats
  • Persistent, unexplained muscle or joint pain
  • Persistent indigestion or discomfort after eating
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent cough or trouble breathing
  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits
  • Skin changes, such as yellowing, darkening or redness of the skin, sores that won’t heal, or changes to existing moles
  • Weight changes, including unintended loss or gain
  • Lump or area of thickening that can be felt under the skin
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising .

if you notice any of the above symptom you need to see your healthcare provider immediately ( no procrastination).

According to WHO, Cancer arises from the transformation of normal cells into tumor cells in a multistage process that generally progresses from a pre-cancerous lesion to a malignant tumor. These changes are the result of the interaction between a person’s genetic factors and 3 categories of external agents, including:

  • physical carcinogens, such as ultraviolet and ionizing radiation;
  • chemical carcinogens, such as asbestos, components of tobacco smoke, aflatoxin (a food contaminant), and arsenic (a drinking water contaminant); and
  • biological carcinogens, such as infections from certain viruses, bacteria, or parasites.

Ageing is another fundamental factor for the development of cancer. The incidence of cancer rises dramatically with age.

There are other things that can put one at the risk of developing cancer, some of the risk factors includes:

  • AGE: Cancer is more common in older adults though it can be diagnosed at any age.
  • LIFESTYLE: such as diet, smoking, drinking (excessively), obesity, excessive exposure to sun, unsafe sex habit etc
  • FAMILY HISTORY: Some cancers are hereditary i.e if there has been an occurrence in the family ( maybe parents), the genes can be passed on to the next generation
  • ENVIRONMENT: in case you are staying in an area where there is a constant release of harmful chemical substances, living with with a smoker, or working in an industry such as asbestos and benzene.

even though  there is nothing you can do to prevent an hereditary   cancer, an early detection will go a long way in the treatment of cancer.

Between 30–50% of cancers can currently be prevented. This can be accomplished by avoiding risk factors and implementing existing evidence-based prevention strategies. The cancer burden can also be reduced through early detection of cancer and management. Many cancers have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated adequately.

To further read on this topic please click here , if you are yet to visit the health center for screening please do.

We were not meant to die young, He said ” There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfill. EXODUS 23::26″

God is doing His part in keeping us, let us also make deliberate decisions to stay healthy as much as we can!!!

Please read, contribute and share, someone needs the information.

lots of love

Adenike Oladimeji

 

 

LITTLE THINGS COUNT pt2

Titilayo woke up one morning with a strong abdominal cramp, she got up, she remembered that her menstrual shed was going to commence today but she wondered why she was experiencing the pain. but because she was going for a meeting scheduled for that morning, she grabbed the remaining pain relief  in her bag, she took it and prepared for work. Soon she forgot she had any pain earlier and she went about her daily activities.

Ten years passed, Titi and her husband remained unbothered about their childlessness but Titi’s mother in law will not allow them to rest. “Titi, I hope you are doing something about this your inability to get pregnant, if you don’t do something in the next six month I’m getting another woman for my son. I will not allow you to destroy this family”… she shouted on top of her voice and left angrily.

Adewale and Titilayo remained silent for minutes before Dewale finally broke the silence “Titi, you know I love you? I am not bothered about mama’s reaction but don’t you think we need to visit the gynecologist? for about five years now we’ve not been making love as we ought to”, I will book an appointment with the doctor this week, she cut in….

Early on that Monday morning, she went to their family hospital to see a gynecologist but she met a long queue and she couldn’t wait because she had a bunch of files to check and sign on her table in the office. she left in a hurry, she forgot about the appointment and she continued her work routine. “Titi, how long will you cherish your job than your marriage? we can’t continue like this, I hope you know?”. Honey, you know I’m working on getting my promotion, let it click and I will now have the time. pls try and understand hunnie.

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Few weeks later, Titi got her letter of promotion she has been working hard for… honey, I have a good news for you!” you are pregnant? Demola asked. no now, I have been promoted ” it was obvious that she was happy that evening but her husband was not really excited…..

Titi, can we now book an appointment  with your doctor now that you have been promoted ? she answered immediately. ” why not dear, we will go there, first thing tomorrow morning.

early the following morning they are already in the doctors office. they had conversation with the doctor and he asked them to go for series of test, scan and the likes. shortly the results were ready and they were back in the consulting room where Titi and Demola received the greatest shock of her life….

to be continued….

 

 

 

 

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