Health & Fitness

Prevention of low blood sugar levels in diabetes

Hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar, occurs when levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood are too low. Hypoglycemia is common in people with diabetes who take insulin and some (but not all) oral diabetes medications. Low blood sugar can happen when a person with diabetes does one or more of...

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 8:44pm

Tips for living with lupus

Lupus is a type of autoimmune disease that can cause widespread damage to areas of the body, including the joints, skin, heart, blood vessels, brain, kidneys, bones, and lungs, medics explain. Lupus affects women more than men, women also may experience more severe symptoms during pregnancy and...

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 8:42pm

Cancer: Why prevention is best

Cancer is one of the deadliest ailments yet it unfortunately has no specific cause. Studies indicate that it is usually not possible to know exactly why one person develops cancer and another doesn’t, however, certain risk factors may increase a person’s chances of developing cancer....

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 8:32pm

The HIV/AIDS global epidemic

PEPFAR. For those who are not familiar with the term, it is the US President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. It was launched in 2003 by President George W. Bush with bipartisan support from the US Congress and strengthened significantly by President Barack Obama. To-date, the States’...

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 8:26pm

Dealing with poor weight gain in babies

During infancy and childhood, children gain weight and grow more rapidly than at any other time in life. However, some children do not gain weight at a normal rate which may occur for a variety of reasons. It is important to recognise and treat children who are not gaining weight normally because...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 8:01am

How to help children maintain a healthy weight

Daniella Ineza, a pupil at King David School, is nine years old and weighs 50 kilograms. Her mother says she had a normal birth weight but at the age of five, she started getting worryingly heavier. Ineza’s mother says that though she tries to help her daughter control her weight, as advised...

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 11:05pm

Why you need food supplements

Are you the kind of person that consumes any kind of dietary supplements before consulting a dietician or doctor? It is high time you consulted before consuming any supplements in order to know the nutrients your body needs. Private Kamanzi, a nutritionist from Amazon Wellness Centre, Remera, says...

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 11:03pm

How do I help my daughter control her weight?

Dear Doctor, My child is a bit too chubby for her age. She is only four but looks older because of her weight, obese actually, though people say it is just baby fat. She has a great appetite and I try to give her healthy food but I’m worried. How can I get the weight to go down? Maria...

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 11:00pm

Why do my gums hurt?

Dear Doctor, My gums hurt when I brush my teeth, however, I have never had issues with my teeth. What is the cause of this? Anita - Dear Anita, The most common cause for gums that hurt is a chronic inflammation of the gums, i.e. chronic gingivitis. It usually occurs as a result of chronic...

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 10:57pm

Colorectal cancer: Do not ignore that gut feeling

Colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer, colon cancer, or rectal cancer, is any cancer that affects the colon and the rectum. It is one of the top leading causes of cancer death in women and men. However, health experts say that just like other cancers, colorectal cancer can be prevented...

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 10:40pm

The need for more effective communication on non-communicable diseases

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), or chronic diseases, are increasing at an alarming rate, causing more deaths and disabilities across the globe than any other ailment. The world is under attack but the education about the new shift of epidemiology is fundamentally complex, slow and insufficient...

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 10:37pm

Weight loss diet that counts time, not calories

If sticking to a weight loss diet were easy, so many people would not be overweight. However, there is a rising number of Kenyans struggling with excess weight and looking for the right formula to shed the extra kilogrammes. This has opened a window of opportunity for nutritionists selling...

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 11:23pm

How to deal with hypertension in pregnancy

Hypertension is the most common medical problem encountered during pregnancy. It is a very dangerous condition and is defined as elevated blood pressure greater than or equal to 140/90mmHg taken at least on two occasions with patient at rest, or with a single reading of 160/110mmHg or greater....

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 7:52am

Gestational diabetes; what you should know

It’s best for any adult to be screened for diabetes, health experts say. However, it’s mandatory for pregnant women to be tested to rule out gestational diabetes, which is common during pregnancy. John Muganda, a gynaecologist at Harmony Clinic in Kigali, says gestational diabetes is...

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 8:05pm

Management of pain in sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder characterised by defective haemoglobin (this is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the tissues of the body.) It is unfortunate for a child to be born with the disease. Although it has no cure, doctors say that there are ways to...

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 7:54pm

Watch your eyes

Eyes are a beautiful gift given by the Creator to man which enables us to see the beauty of the world.  If eye sight is damaged, there are various corrective procedures to rectify it, but the normal, natural eye sight is never restored. Good care of the eyes is therefore important to keep it...

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 7:51pm

Why is premature rupture of membranes a concern?

During pregnancy, a baby is surrounded and cushioned by a fluid-filled membranous sac called the amniotic sac. Typically, at the beginning of or during labour, the pregnant woman’s membranes will rupture — also known as water breaking. Water breaking is a normal part of going into...

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 7:42pm

Dealing with gastroesophageal reflux in babies

Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is the medical term for spitting up. It occurs when the stomach contents reflux or back up into the esophagus and/or mouth (the esophagus is the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). Because the stomach naturally produces some acid, reflux is...

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 7:37pm

Cancer risk for child of low-protein pregnancy

During pregnancy, women usually take great care to ensure that the health and wellbeing of the unborn child is taken care of. In this journey, diet plays a key role. And while many may remember to eat fruits and vegetables, sometimes women forget to consume sufficient protein which is key to...

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 12:37am

Glioblastoma remains a deadly form of cancer

U.S. Senator John McCain’s death from glioblastoma on Saturday brought new attention to the most deadly type of brain cancer. The National Brain Tumor Society says 80 percent of brain tumors are benign, but a glioblastoma tumor grows rapidly, and it returns after treatment. It usually...

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 12:22am

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