Health Talk With Adeola

health talk with Adeola

Maintaining health and preventing ill health.

Some factors we can’t modify, for example we can’t do anything about our age, sex, genetic-makeup ( eg family health history )and constitutional make up ( eg height ) : all these have non modifiable effects on our health but we can make little adjustments to other modifiable areas that can impact on our health .

The factors which are modifiable are :

What’s on the table ? Diet
How are we moving ? Exercise
Our waist line ? Weight
Our habits. ? Smoking /excessive alcohol use
Any downtime ? Relaxation
What’s on upstairs ? Mental health ?

Perfection is not possible but little positive changes in these aspects above can help maintain health , prevent ill health, improve current health problems , reduce the chance of adverse health outcomes and sustain the mind positively with improvement in overall well being .
Best of luck 😊

Thank you

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Once upon a Christmas…

Once upon a Christmas…

Hello everyone, how was your Christmas? Mine was pretty awesome and I’m going to tell you all about it.

It all started with my Sis-in-laws 40th birthday. She lives in Atlanta and we don’t get to see her and her family that much.

Her whole family agreed to travel to Atlanta to surprise her 😚. So surprise her we did, every member of my husband’s family showed up.

Our group

We were a group of 20 people. 5 families and Grandma. We all descended on the sleepy town of Villa-rica – a city between Carroll County and Douglas County in Atlanta. We stayed in a lovely house, tucked away in the Villa-rica woods.

Staying out of Atlanta sure had its benefits.

  • We were able to stay in the same house. We couldn’t get any house that could take 20 people in Atlanta.
  • Beautiful sunrise – one thing I really enjoyed was seeing the sunrise with all the tall magnificent trees in the background.
  • We sighted a few big stags 😉.

It was just a good country feeling which we didn’t mind, even though we always had to drive close to an hour to get into town.

It was a wonderful gathering, and an experience to relish for a long time. Grandma would get the group to pray in the morning and sing Christmas songs. Her grandkids loved it, and it was hilarious how they would get the verses wrong sometimes but sing happily away 😂.

What we got up to…

The games, the younger children always had their interesting games – that’s when they were not glued to one device or the other! Or when not reporting someone. I had to place a ban on reporting ‘fix it’! I told them, whatever disagreement fix it, don’t come to me . But they all got along really well.

The guys were able to get away twice to play golf. We ladies attended church service and did a lot of communal cooking.

The adults were also a noisy group 😊. We had our music, a lot of 80s and 90s music, the noisy rowdy spoon game and other card games 🤗. Oh, and the battle for the last bottle of wine on Christmas day was epic 🤣. We had to measure it equally for each couple even though someone still managed to cheat 😮.

We must have celebrated 3 birthdays in the week we were there. My Sis-in-law, Grandma and one of the children. And so there was cake, cake, And even more cake everywhere!

We witnessed a proposal at the Atlanta Aquarium 😊. We were all staring at the whale shark and other big sea creatures when we noticed a diver in the water holding a board. He turns it and a gentleman goes on his knees and proposes, yes, you guessed right… The applause was thundering 😍!

My most unforgettable moment happened after the children had opened their presents. One of the youngest girls in the group looked around and said ‘Is that all! She said this in her beautiful southern drawl 😁. It was so funny… that moment deserves a scene in one of those Christmas movies.

Apparently, she wasn’t too thrilled she got more clothing than toys. Santa must have had too much milk and cookies that he got it wrong 😊.

Dear Santa, next year please don’t mix-up Lil D’s list. More toys than clothing please or better still ONLY TOYS.

Great gift idea

One of my best presents was a bracelet one of us made for every member of the group. It featured the first letter of the names in each family with a gold stone separating each family. Grandma and Grandpa’s names were at the centre. The ladies had a white one and the men a brown one.

Someone please get Kim! Kim is one of the trainers at my gym. I call her the punisher as she leaves no stones unturned and that is exactly what I need right now 🤣.

So beautiful people, if you see me looking rotund and speaking with a southern drawl! Believe it, it’s really me. Please blame it on my big great Christmas holiday of 2018 😎.

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Health Talk With Adeola

health talk with Adeola

One of our lovely readers had some questions under the popular contraception post. I have decided to post it for the benefit of those who missed the comment and response.

Please read Dr. Adeola’s response to the questions.

Response.

Thank you for your questions Joyce.


Deciding which contraception is good for one on the background of the perceived risks associated with its use can be daunting .

What particular contraceptive to avoid would usually be based on the individual’s health history and whether or not the benefit outweighs the risk and this benefit versus risk ratio is generally applied  in the practice of medicine to determine whether or not a treatment modality is worth the while .

Answer to your first question: 1. Hormonal contraceptives may impact on our natural hormone balance for example, women have reported nausea/breast pain/tenderness, mood changes, menstrual changes, reversible ovarian cysts and weight gain amongst others with the use of the oral contraceptive pills and contraceptive implants.

The reasons for these are not entirely causal but evidence suggest these symptoms /side effects have been attributed to contraceptive use. There are situations where contraceptive effects is deemed complimentary eg around  the peri menopause where the woman doesn’t feel as much of the disturbing symptoms of the peri menopause because of the ameliorating effects of the oral contraceptive in use.


Answer to your second question:  2. Contraceptive use and cancer risk has always been a hot topic .

Every woman has a baseline  cancer risk attributable to other factors whether or not we use contraception.

The use of some types of contraception may further increase the risk slightly but for most people it’s not too much of a risk to outweigh the benefits of contraception therefore it’s beneficial for that woman to use the contraception in question. However for some women, the use of certain contraception becomes an unacceptable risk ( or contraindication to contraceptive use ) where the risks far outweigh the benefit and as such a particular method is deemed unsafe for a particular lady based on her health profile and it should never be recommended or prescribed for her.

This risk as far as cancer is concerned is usually based on previous or current  history of cancer , family history of cancer, current risk of cancer based on the persons current habits / lifestyle / certain medications etc  amongst other considerations: this is not exhaustive and it is decided based on individual consultations.
I have tried to summarise below the cancer risks associated with contraceptive use :

Progesterone only contraceptive e.g mini pills, implants

There is a possible increased risk of breast cancer with the use of POPs. However, this risk is very small compared with the overall risk of developing breast cancer, and 10 years after stopping the POP, the risk of developing breast cancer is the same as for women who have never used hormonal contraceptives.  

Combined oral contraceptive pills (COC)

There is a possible small increased risk of breast cancer which returns to normal within 10 years after stopping the COC.

There is a small increased risk of cervical cancer which is related to duration of use.There is a small increased risk after 5 years and a two-fold increase after 10 years. The risk returns to normal 10 years after stopping the COC.Advise women to attend routine cervical cytology screening.  *There has been some debatable evidence lately that the use of the COC might be protective against ovarian cancer but evidence for this has not been generally substantiated.

Intrauterine contraceptives: e.g. mirena and IUCD

These are long-acting reversible contraceptives which have a licensed duration of use of 3–10 years, depending on the device chosen.

Mirena ( the one that has a hormone embedded in it that it releases slowly locally into the womb and doesn’t go elsewhere ): there is no evidence that it increases cancer risk , it actually protects against overgrowth of the lining of the womb (so somewhat protective against womb cancer)

IUCD : this has no hormones and has no reported bearing with cancer.. All of the methods discussed above have their other side effects and more details can be found in the link included in my previous post on contraception choices but they are generally safe and that explains why it’s available for women in their reproductive life and most women use these from  teenage years up to late forties/early fifties. I would like to think that if the adverse risks are unacceptably high it shouldn’t be recommended for such a widespread use in medicine.
There are screening methods eg mammograms for breast cancer, cervical screening for cervical cancer , screening bloods and ultrasound  to pick some changes /abnormalities in the ovaries but any woman whether on contraception or not that notice changes in their breasts, abnormal vaginal discharge , bleeding during or after sex, unexplained vaginal bleeding, inter-menstrual bleeding, unexplained bloating , unintentional weight loss or  any other symptoms that concerns them should see their doctor as a matter of urgency.
So Joyce, I am hopeful that you will be able to have an informed discussion with your two daughters on this topic as a guide to help them seek the appropriate contraception for them.
Best wishes,

*( NICE CKS: National institute of clinical excellence clinical knowledge summaries)

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Health Talk With Adeola

health talk with Adeola

Welcome to Health Talk with Adeola.

Today,  Dr. Adeola responds to a question asked by a blog visitor.

1. What are the contraception options and which is best for women.

Bimbo

Thank you for your question Bimbo.

1-Choice of contraception should be unique and individualised. The choice of contraception is usually agreed upon by health care professional and the client after considering the following; menstrual pattern and characteristics , mood changes, weight, child-bearing intentions, other co-existing and previous health conditions, lifestyle habit eg smoking , current medications , daily routines : eg remembering to take pills daily as opposed to medium and long-term methods (3 monthly , 3 yearly , 5 yearly or longer or indefinite methods ) etc .

That explains why we talk more about ‘best contraception’ for the particular lady in question rather than ‘a blanket best contraceptive method’.
The link below takes gives you comprehensive information on the available contraceptive methods and all the information to make an initial informed decision before consulting with a health care professional about the one that best suits.   

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/

2. Are there other types of protection for men other than condoms? (Why does it have to be women using contraception adding to our more than enough hormonal changes)?

Bimbo

2- Generally for men, there is the temporary option of condoms and the permanent* option of vasectomy.
*see more details in the link above .

I think mens’ health seeking habits are different from women generally, and they are less likely to visit the doctors as often as women do. Women visit their doctors for various reasons some of which are : women visit the doctors more often for menstrual problems during which they are likely to discuss contraception as a treatment method, women visit for post-natal reasons and they are again likely to be offered contraception, and they visit more often for reasons related to their babies ( baby checks/immunisations ) and also with their teenage daughters and again contraception discussions often surface during such interactions..

These may have an impact on why women are more likely to take on contraception as well as the obvious fact that it’s the woman’s body( as well as lifestyle) that is affected by the effects of uncontrolled pregnancies.

I hope this helps .

Adeola

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Which Mum are You?

Education of Aunty Lulu

I`m still super excited about the ‘Mum, my Super Hero’ book and calendar. Meet 2 of the mums 😊. Which mum are you? Like I mentioned in an earlier post, we are all the mums and more.

I really do hope you enjoy the book and the calendar. I have enjoyed working on them and I am glad that despite my initial hesitance and self doubt, I saw this project through.

Have you ordered your 2019 Calendars? For UK orders please contact me and I`ll have them shipped to you immediately. 

Dont you think the calendars will make a great Christmas gift to friends and family😊?

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