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Understanding Alcohol-induced headaches

If you’ve ever over indulged in drinking, then you know how horrible that pounding next morning headache can feel. Alcohol-induced headaches, also known as hangovers, are almost guaranteed when we drink in excess. However, for some people, even one or two drinks can trigger a severe headache.
Fortunately, we know something about why hangover headaches occur, and what we can do to minimize them.

Why do we get alcohol-related headaches?

Alcohol is a common migraine trigger, for a couple of different reasons
1. First of all, alcohol is known as a vasodilator. This means that it causes the blood vessels in the body to dilate, or expand. This is what causes the reddening of the face in an individual who has been drinking. Dilation of the blood vessels in the brain is thought to be the cause of a migraine, so this response to alcohol may trigger a migraine in individuals who are prone to migraines. Even a small amount of alcohol may cause the blood vessels to dilate.

What substances inside of alcohol are responsible for causing a headache?

There are also substances in alcoholic beverages that some people are more sensitive to.
One of these substances is the amino acid tyramine – a well-known trigger for migraine or cluster headaches. Tyramine is found in red wine and champagne, as well as dark alcoholic beverages like scotch and beer.

Congener, a chemical found in some alcohols, can also cause headaches in some individuals. Congeners are believed to trigger headaches because they make slight changes to the chemical composition of the body. Hard liquors, especially darker, amber liquors, usually contain more congeners than lighter liquors.

NOTE: excessive alcohol consumption can cause problems beyond a headache, so be careful if and when you choose to drink.

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Daily Health Tips: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

The month of May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.

Are you a teenager? Are you able to have honest and open conversations with your parents, guardians or mentors about issues concerning sex or contraception? Do you feel comfortable telling them your thoughts on these matters? Would they be your first place to go if you were confused about something you heard your friends or peers discuss? Who do you ask when you’re confused about anything that concerns sexual and reproductive health? And this is a broad subject that includes sex, unplanned pregnancy, STDs, HIV/AIDS, Female Genital Mutilation etc.

Parents and/or guardians, would you even consider having a discussion about sex with your teenagers? Scratch that…let’s start with when your children were younger. Did you even tell them the proper names of their private body parts? Did you tell them the full implication of coming of age as happens in puberty? Did you indulge in those half-baked stories we heard a while ago about how girls would get pregnant if a boy so much as touched their hands…provided they had started menstruating? Do you think the teenager you were talking to believed you?

As the mother of teen and tween (that twilight zone before the real teens) 😀 daughters, I absolutely confess that it wasn’t as easy to have that chat with my first daughter as it was to give it to other teenagers. It got easier though and with my second daughter, and now we can all discuss all aspects of reproductive health without cringing, mentally or physically 😀 My son is still struggles…but we’re getting there 😀

The US Department of Health and Human Services points out that the following groups of teenagers are less likely to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant:

•Those who have supportive parents that they can freely communicate with
•Those who have healthy family and peer relationships
•Those who have proper understanding of sexual and reproductive health
•Those who have knowledge of contraception and the importance of abstinence.
Teenagers more at risk of getting pregnant include
•Those that live in unstable homes (financially or emotionally)
•Those who were born to teenage mothers
•Those who use drugs of addiction. Remember that using these messes with good judgement
•Those who have sex at a young age
•Those with low self esteem.

Now, remember that risk factors are just as the name implies…factors that increase your risk 😀 It does not follow that people who live in homes with conflict must have teenage pregnancies. No! It just means they need to be aware of their increased risk (loaded gun) and be sure not to pull the trigger…and get pregnant.

So, if you’re a teenager, who taught you about sexual health? Is this discussed in your school and can you ask your parents questions?

If you’re a parent, are you providing adequate information and a safe home environment where your children can thrive in all ways? Are you comfortable discussing these issues with your children? Are you aware that if you’re not providing this education yourself, you’re probably allowing your teenager to learn from his friends and/or the internet…where he/she may very well be learning all the wrong things!

I trust I have provided a lot of food for thought. Write in and let me know what you think.

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Have a great night y’all 😀

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What Is Prostate Cancer?
The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It makes most of the semen that carries sperm. The walnut-sized gland is located beneath the bladder and surrounds the upper part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder.

Prostate cancer is a major health concern for
Nigerian. The disease is rare before age 50, and experts believe that most elderly men have traces of it.

Prostate cancer is usually a very slow growing cancer, often causing no symptoms until it is in an advanced stage. Most men with prostate cancer die of other causes, and many never know that they have the disease. But once prostate cancer begins to grow quickly or spreads outside the prostate, it is dangerous.

What Causes Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer affects mainly older men. About 80% of cases are in men over 65, and less than 1% of cases are in men under 50. Men with a family history of prostate cancer are more likely to get it.

Doctors don’t know what causes prostate cancer, but diet contributes to the risk. Men who eat lots of fat from red meat are most likely to have prostate cancer. Eating meat may be risky for other reasons: Meat cooked at high temperatures produces cancer-causing substances that affect the prostate. The disease is much more common in countries where meat and dairy products are common than in countries where the diet consists of rice, soybean products, and vegetables.

Hormones also play a role. Eating fats raises the amount of testosterone in the body, and testosterone speeds the growth of prostate cancer.
A few job hazards have been found. Welders, battery manufacturers, rubber workers, and workers
frequently exposed to the metal cadmium seem to be more likely to get prostate cancer. Not exercising also makes prostate cancer more likely.
Therefore prevention they say is better than cure.
Good night to you all.

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Q: I was asking…what can someone do if he/she as been bed wetting since he was little? Now they are even 18 years old?

A: Hello. Thanks for writing in. Bed wetting is a huge challenge in childhood…how much more in adulthood!

Bedwetting is usually due to an increase in the amount of urine usually contained in the bladder, an over-reactive bladder or small bladder or it may be due to a heavy sleeper who does not get or respond to the urge to void when he/she gets that urge while asleep. In childhood, ensuring the child urinates just before he goes to bed, limiting the amount of fluid he takes in the evening (some studies have shown no significant improvement with this strategy), encouraging the child to use the bathroom regularly during the day or using bedwetting alarms may help a child get through this period. A bedwetting alarm is an under-pant with a sensor clipped in. The sensor ‘senses’ (obviously :D) urine once a drop falls on the panty and thus triggers the alarm. The alarm ‘hopefully’ wakes up the child who then goes to the bathroom. In other cases, a drug may be used for over-reactive bladders. If a child had previously stopped bedwetting and starts up again, it may be due to emotional issues like having to cope with a new sibling, changing schools, moving houses etc. You may want to have a chat and find out what’s going on.

Remember that screaming at the child and embarrassing him in front of other people is not helpful. In fact, it is counter-productive as the child becomes unco-operative. Trust me…every child who bed-wets hates it and is absolutely embarrassed by it. And by the way, as a parent, consider that bedwetting appears to run in families and so your child is only exhibiting what he’s been given 😀 So, give the young man or woman a break!

Now, other causes of bedwetting which include Diabetes Mellitus, urinary tract infections, abnormalities of the urinary tract etc can also lead to night bedwetting (known as nocturnal enuresis) and any of these may likely be the problem with the adult bed-wetter. He/she has to be checked out in the hospital so that a proper diagnosis can be made.

For more on adult bedwetting, please click on this link

Have a great night, people

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Fibroids are common in women of african origin, women who are aged between 30 to 50 years and women who have a family history of this. Women who have had children have a lower risk of developing fibroid. So, the converse side of this is that, if you have not had children, you are at a greater risk of having fibroid. Perhaps that’s where this virginity gist came from. Remember that not having children does not necessary mean one is a virgin.
My advice? That’s pretty simple!
Keep your virginity for as long as possible as your virginity has nothing to do with fibroids.
Remember that with this, you can prevent all the different Sexually Transmitted Infections milling around out there.
So, there you go.
Have a good weekend, y’all.
(From healthy living with Dr Ketch)

stay healthy. from Agba Joseph.


Say Good bye to Pre-menstrual pains (Dysmenorrhea)

Dysmenorrhea is a painful menstrual cramp which occurs in up to 50% of menstruating females and causes significant disruption in quality of life and absenteeism. But don’t worry I got good news for you. But before I do that let have an overview of the overall action.
The uterus is a muscle. Like all muscles, it contracts and relaxes. Most uterine contractions are never noticed, but strong ones are painful. During strong contractions, the uterus may contract too strongly or too frequently, causing the blood supply to the uterus to be temporarily cut off. This deprives the muscle of oxygen, causing pain. This pain may be located in the abdomen or the back. In addition to painful uterine cramping with menses, women with dysmenorrhea may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, weakness, and/or fainting. Symptoms may vary in severity from cycle to cycle but generally continue throughout the reproductive years.
Furthermore, due to the production of prostaglandins, which are hormone-like compounds that function as mediators of a variety of physiological responses such as inflammation, and they made by cells in the inner lining of the uterus and other parts of the body. The prostaglandins made in the uterus make the uterine muscles contract and help the uterus shed the lining that has built up during the menstrual cycle. If excessive prostaglandins are produced, the woman may have excessive pain or dysmenorrhea with her menstrual cycle. Prostaglandins can also cause headaches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
This is a nutritional based remedy for this incapacitating problem, causing significant disruption in a woman’s life each month.

I guess you have heard for this micronutrient MAGNESIUM before, probably in elementary or secondary education. Ironically magnesium does not get the respect — or attention — it deserves. Two out of three Nigerians fail to consume the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for magnesium — 320 mg for women and 420 mg for men. Overlooked and underappreciated, magnesium is responsible for more than 700 enzyme-activated biochemical reactions
Magnesium levels fluctuate during a woman’s cycle. The higher the estrogen or progesterone, the lower the magnesium, during the second half of the menstrual cycle, when both estrogen and progesterone are elevated, magnesium plummets. This can result in spasms in the brain arteries — a prelude to PMS and migraines.
Furthermore, let me take you deeper and broaden your horizon. Magnesium has a direct effect on vascular tone and can act physiologically to control and regulate the entry of calcium into smooth muscle cells, acting as a naturally occurring calcium channel blocker. Through controlling calcium, magnesium influences the contractility, tone, and relaxation of the uterine smooth muscle, also magnesium plays an important role in the conversion of linoleic acid (LA) to gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), they are vital precursors of prostaglandins. The anti-inflammatory series prostaglandins are derived from LA, which is converted to GLA by the enzyme delta-6-desaturase (D6D), and then to dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA).Magnesium also increase the conversion of essential fatty acids to the anti-inflammatory series 1 PGs (prostaglandins).

It will amaze you if I say this unknown hero is found right in the garden at your backyard they include; green vegetables, beans, potatoes, almonds, water melon, paw-paw and bananas. It should be taken in a scheduled manner. So if you can’t find them, go get some.
While we aspire to live healthy every day, have it at the back of your mind that there some real bad guys around that could interfere with our hero’s activities. They include;
Alcohol intake
Elevated cholesterol
Dietary trans-fats
Caffeine intake
Excess saturated fats
Excess sugar intake
So stay clear from these enemies and live healthy.