A Consultant Reproductive Endocrinologist, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, has cautioned Nigerians against too much consumption of fruits, saying it causes diabetes and other health conditions.
Ashiru, also the Chief Executive Officer of a Lagos-based Detoxification Clinic, Mart-Life Detox Clinic, decried the poor eating habits of Nigerians.
He spoke as the guest lecturer at a Public Lecture organised by an NGO, The City Club, Lagos, on Thursday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the title of the lecture was: “Diabetes: Cause, Diagnosis and Management. “
According to him, excess fruits consumption is bad and a major contribution to why many people are diabetic.
“People are taking smoothies and mix a lot of water melon, pineapples, oranges and then, mix all like that in large quantities.
“They are not good for the pancreas, because they are too much.
“The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended daily amount of fruit is like 200 grammes, which is just very small amount.
“Too much of it exhausts the function of the pancreas and that is what leads to diabetes, because the organ that produces the insulin cannot regenerate,“ Ashiru said.
The consultant reproductive endocrinologist advised people to eat their foods slowly, chew them, and have the habit of eating our local foods such as garri, beans, tiger nuts, coconut milk, among others.
Ashiru said: “We can make healthy choices by eating our home grown foods; these foods are healthy and made for us.
“Ninety-five per cent of blacks are milk intolerant; we can take our own milk made from tiger nuts and coconut milk.“
Speaking, Gov. Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State, called for massive enlightenment on the need for people to adopt healthy lifestyle to reduce the possibility of being predisposed to diseases.
Ambode was represented by the Special Adviser on Primary Healthcare, Dr Olufemi Onanuga.
According to him, today, humanity is faced with the challenges of diverse health issues which the medical world is still researching on to develop appropriate solutions.
“One interesting thing which cuts across these emerging and increasing health challenges is that most, if not all, are related to our lifestyles, especially in modern age.
“It is, therefore, very clear to everyone that beyond the issue of providing healthcare facilities with necessary equipment and drugs as well as qualified medical personnel.
“There is a need for massive enlightenment on the need to embrace healthy lifestyle to reduce the possibility of being predisposed to these diseases,“ he said.
The governor assured Lagosians of the state government’s commitment to sustain the implementation of both the preventive and curative measures through mass campaign.
According to him, through these health outreaches, people, especially in the rural communities are given the opportunity to know their health status through basic test and screening.
In his remarks, the Chairman, 2018 Public Lecture Committee, The City Club Lagos, Gbenro Oluwole, called on well-meaning Nigerians to give back to the society by educating people about their health.
According to Oluwole, educative programmes such as the lecture will go a long way to informing people.
“Our club decided to hold this lecture and push it out to members of the public to enlighten them about their health.
“Other organisations and well-meaning Nigerians should do more of programmes like this so that many people can get to learn about their health and chose to live healthy.
“`I also urge youths to emulate clubs like ours and contribute positively to the society, “Oluwole said. (NAN)
12 Tips To Be Healthy in 2019 -WHO
World Health Organisation, WHO has given tips on how to make 2019 a healthy year, by kicking unhealthy habits out of your life, like:
-alcohol & drug abuse
-speeding -drunk driving
#HappyNewYear 🥳 from @WHO in the Western Pacific Region!
Make 2019 the year to kick unhealthy habits out of your life, like:
-alcohol & drug abuse
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— World Health Organization Western Pacific (@WHOWPRO) January 1, 2019
Use of Antibiotics in Livestock puts Humans at risk – Medical Expert
Indiscriminate use of antibiotics in livestock farming has raised serious public health concerns globally. In sub-Saharan Africa and particularly in Nigeria, it is more endemic among poultry farmers.
Antibiotics are powerful medicines that fight bacterial infection. When bacteria develops resistance to the antibiotics, it is termed Antibiotic Resistance (ABR), while Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) occurs when disease-causing organisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites) can no longer be killed by antimicrobial agents.
Dr E. Wesangula, AMR Focal Point of the Kenyan Ministry of Health at the just concluded African Conference of Science Journalists, Nairobi, Kenya painted the looming danger to public health as a result of indiscriminate use of antibiotics in animals.
His position reflects the grave concern expressed in Nigeria by the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association headed by Professor Mohammed Bello Agaie.
Dr Wesangula noted that the use of antibiotics in livestock today is even greater than in humans. The health expert expressed worry that “in many villages, farmers use human antibiotics to treat chicken to control flu-like infection.”
By consuming meat, egg or milk with antibiotics residues, one under-dosed himself by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug, which will make them resistant to many antibiotic drugs when he is sick.
Professor Bello Agaie explained how humans become the victim of the antibiotic used in livestock: “When you use it in food animals, there is a period that has been specified – we call it withdrawal time. For the professionals, that animal should not be slaughtered within that period or else the residues will still be available in the product – either milk or meat.
“So if you eat meat, eggs or drink milk or eat cheese, you’re taking those antibiotics in very low concentrations.”
Professor Agaie said that the practice “is worse in poultry. What we have is people produce a cocktail of drugs – two, three, or four antibiotics which they put into one – whether the birds are sick or not, they keep putting it into the water. They think it will enhance their growth, make them healthier or not come down with any disease.
“While this is happening, the birds are laying eggs, they are maturing as broilers and we are eating them. So we now get exposed to very low concentration of antibiotics and when people go to hospitals when sick they give you drugs, it does not work because you have already been exposed to some sub-lethal concentration of this drugs…. And the organisms themselves have found a way to now dodge the effect of the drugs so the drugs are no more effective.
“The second thing is that even if you say I’m not eating meat, eggs or taking milk, you say you want to go green, you collect faeces from animals – chickens, cow dung, and you fertilize your soil, you will contaminate the soil. So when you plant, the crop also takes the antibiotics,” he explained.
Consuming crops produced with wastes of animals with antibiotics residues also exposes one to the low quantity of the drugs, which will make your microbes develop resistance to antibiotic treatment.
According to Dr Wesangula, about 4.2 million people in Africa are likely to die due to antimicrobial resistance.
The World Bank estimates global healthcare cost of more than $32 trillion by 2050.
It also said that by 2050, the decline in global livestock production could range from a low of 2.6% to a high of 7.5% per year
“There would be a pronounced increase in extreme poverty because of AMR. Of the additional 28.3 million people falling into extreme poverty in 2050 in the high-impact AMR scenario, the vast majority (26.2 million) would live in low-income countries.
Currently, the world is broadly on track to eliminate extreme poverty (at $1.90/day) by 2030, reaching close to the target of less than 3% of people living in extreme poverty. AMR risks putting this target out of reach,” the World Bank 2016 said.
Kim Kardashian down with skin disease, searches for medication
Reality TV star, Kim Kardashian West has disclosed she has been suffering from a skin ailment called, Psoriasis.
Kim, who is searching for medication for the ailment said on a Twitter post that she cannot cover it at this point, as it has taken over her body.
“I think the time has come I start a medication for psoriasis. I’ve never seen it like this before and I can’t even cover it at this point. It’s taken over my body. Has anyone tried a medication for psoriasis & what kind works best? Need help ASAP!!!”She tweeted.
I think the time has come I start a medication for psoriasis. I’ve never seen it like this before and I can’t even cover it at this point. It’s taken over my body. Has anyone tried a medication for psoriasis & what kind works best? Need help ASAP!!!
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 24, 2018
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. It causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin.
The extra skin cells form scales and red patches that are itchy and sometimes painful. Psoriasis is a chronic disease that often comes and goes.
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