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#2019 Wellness Goals At A Glance - Happy New Year

It is with all pleasure that I not only welcome  our esteemed readers into 2019 but wish you all a very Happy New and Healthy Year. Whatever you do this new year, do not lose sight of your wellness/fitness goals. If you haven't made any resolutions in this regards yet, here's a realistic summary of wellness goals/targets at a glance. 

You can either take things one day at a time:

Or you can plan for the entire year and go for it......

Whatever suits you dear esteemed reader, health is wealth and if you will succeed in 2019, then you must make keeping healthy a top priority. HAPPY NEW YEAR.

WORLD AIDS DAY 2018:Why We Must All Know Our Status - WHO

Today is "WORLD AIDS DAY 2018" and this special 1st of December, The World Health Organisation (WHO) alongside her global partners have finally taken Public Health awareness action towards the dreaded fear that people feel, whenever the thoughts of taking the HIV test comes up. For some, the crippling fear is a bizarre feeling that sends bad signals down the spine and numbs the heart temporarily like...... Can you relate with this fear? If your answer is yes, then this year's theme is for you...."KNOW YOUR STATUS"!  The World Health Organisation(WHO) Infographics below emphasise: the gravity of the problem as a result of people not knowing their status and taking early measures where necessary; the  rate of disease occurrence amongst the most vulnerable group in one of the most affected regions of the world; risk factors that we must all know, as well as population demographics for people at risk; and finally a word of advise.

With the number of infected people known to be leading healthy lives on appropriate treatment, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) shouldn't be claiming 1 million lives every year in this day and age but what do statistics reveal? Even greater fear of routine testing to confirm status, especially amongst people in at-risk populations.

Girls between the ages of 15 to 24 years of age getting infected as the minutes go by everyday in Sub-Saharan Africa? This is a nasty sad story for another day but then it reiterates the fact that, people need to know their "RISKS". A negative status today without the knowledge of risks/vulnerable factors that make people prone to getting infected, might lead to ignorant change in status and we certainly don't want that. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) can be a thing of the past, if we all join hands to educate ourselves and help those already infected to get the best support they can. At least until medical science is able to come up with curative answers.

Unfortunately, certain category of people have been proven by Scientific demographic facts to be more at risk of getting infected. I am by no means trying to judge or stigmatise anyone but generally speaking, it is, what it is.

How can we reduce this dreaded statistic from 1 in 4 to 0?

The simple answer is getting tested and "KNOWING YOUR STATUS". Since prevention is always better than "no cure" in this case: Abstinence , Being faithful Or Condom use if we must, is the ultimate way forward.  There are now rapid tests kits available in patent chemist shops/Pharmacy stores in many parts of the world  that can be purchased and used even in the comfort of everyones home base so.....there is no excuse not to know your status. For more about WORLD AIDS DAY 2018, click on the References/Resources below. Being adequately informed can make a whole lot of difference. Do enjoy your day.

* WHO|WORLD AIDS DAY- "Know Your Status"

* WORLD AIDS DAY 2018|Rock The Ribbon

Paid Work Leave To Mourn For People Who Lose Their Pets?

๐Ÿ‘€: diariosanrafael.com.ar

The fact that people can get very close to and fall in love with their pets is no news but should paid days off work be given when such pets pass on? Whilst some Cooperations are documented to have started the employee friendly practice in the United States Of America, the debate is getting heated up in the United Kingdom. What is your take on this controversial issue?

Social groups in favour of this request have argued that, just as people grow close to and fund of each other , so do some families grow fund of their pets. In some cases, the pets are the only companions and termed as the best friends to their owners. When these pets eventually pass on, people have been noted to feel bereaved beyond imaginable levels, sometimes mourning for many months to years. "Why should time not be given off work for proper funeral ceremonies and bereavement as the case may be?"These are the exact words of a British Pets Rights Activist. Some of these pets can be breathlessly pretty though....

Will such a question ever come up for debate in Sub Saharan Africa and other parts of the developing world? Or are the economic conditions too hostile for pets to be taken too seriously?  Click into the links below for arguments being made around the world to support this paid leave from work request.


World Diabetes Day 2018:What You Should Know About Prevention As A Family - INFOGRAPHIC

What will "World Diabetes Day" be without talking prevention where possible? With approximately 150 million persons said to be living with the the condition worldwide, concerted efforts must be taken by families to prevent the numbers from getting to over 500 million by 2030 but just like any other thing in life, the factors that put people at risk of becoming Diabetic must be clearly understood, for preventive measures to be focused appropriately and eventually effective. The International Diabetes Federation Infographic below outlines some risk factors clearly.

Except for family history, the other risk factors enumerated above can be influenced by LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION, towards prevention of Diabetes Mellitus. Funny enough, one stone can be used to cause a positive ripple effect in this all important prevention drive and that's all shades of amazing, isn't it? Those who are overweight/obese must begin to exercise at least 30 minutes per day for at least 3 days of every week. This must be supported with a healthy diet mix of: daily portions of fruits; vegetables/salads regularly; fish and low salt with blood pressure control medications where necessary for those who are hypertensive. With all of this, it must be clearly stated that, being an occasional sweet tooth is very much allowed but moderation is key because you do not want to experience the repercussion of too much indulgence and sing the "had I know melody" to your regretting heart.

Prevention is certainly better than cure so, that's no doubts the way to go. Instead of going about it individually however, this World Diabetes Day, a family approach is being advised as an injury to one is practically an injury to all. Go on exercise walks together as a family. Couples should have more sex. The family diet should be sanitised as a unit and very importantly, routine hospital visits at least once or twice a year just for wellness sake, should be imbibed as family culture. For more information about World Diabetes Day 2018 and Diabetes Mellitus, click into the resources/References below.

* IDF|World Diabetes Day 2018

* WHO|World Diabetes Day 2018

* WHO|Diabetes Mellitus

World Diabetes Day 2018: What You Should Know About Diabetes Mellitus & The Family

Another "World Diabetes Day" but this year it's 2018. If you asked him about 20 years ago, November 14th wasn't a day to pay any interest at all. All he could remember from way back was that, his late grandmother always refused to buy him sugar as part of his provisions, in a bid to prevent Diabetes mellitus in the future but fast forward to just over 10 years ago, the symptoms seemed to be classical as his father breathed his last; protein deposition in the eyes...leading to poor vision (Cataracts); progressive weight loss despite feeling constantly famished and eating adequately. To crown it all, excessive urination following frequent drinking of water from constant thirst. This was nothing other than Diabetes Mellitus, even if the cause of his father's death wasn't officially stated. Ignorance was the actual killer in then days. This year the theme of World Diabetes Day 2018 is "Diabetes & The Family". I'll save the long stories for the International Diabetes Federation posters and Infographics to do the talking. Here's what you should know about the disease condition that has to do with poor/zero natural control of body sugar and how it concerns every family.

Could you really spot the warning signs if a relative or friend was coming down with symptoms? If your answer is no, then I suppose you are reading the right article and should be in a better position to suspect from today onwards. With an estimated 150 million people living with Diabetes mellitus globally, every possible help is needed, especially as management and support has to start from the family level.

Would you know what to do if one of yours became affected or is already affected? As the case may be....

The simplest way to go about care has been outlined in the information graphic below....

Daily treatment for some will involve: regular exercise and a dietician modified diet. According to the World Health Organisation, about 40% of Diabetics will however require oral tablets/medications to maintain blood sugar values within normal range and another estimated 40% will require INSULIN- the major chemical required by the body's cells to be able to absorb glucose. The condition has been noted to occur due to a total lack of this chemical (hormone) or what seems to be simple resistance to it's effects.   Whatever the case may be, regular visits to the hospital for routine wellness checks can make a difference and those diagnosed to be Diabetic can receive  lifesaving care. It is not a death sentence but if the predicted statistics must be reversed,then charity has to begin at home. Keep a tab with "Dr. Kevwe's Blog" for a short follow up on PREVENTION. Remember, it is always better than cure. You can also visit the References below for detailed literature about Diabetes Mellitus.

International Diabetes Federation|World Diabetes Day 2018

WHO|World Diabetes Day

WHO|Diabetes Mellitus-Fact sheet

Jennifer Lopez: The Thin Line Between Style, Femininity & Fashion Related Mental Extremism

Jennifer Lopez, the American singer and actress popularly known as Jlo, broke the internet yesterday after the image you see below was posted on her Instagram page. Whilst many of her teeming fans have rained praises on her for not only being a style icon but a strong woman not afraid to own her firm body, others are beginning to wonder how thin the line is between: style, femininity and fashion related mental extremism.

Lopez in a Valentino Haute Couture cape. Bulgari earrings. Van Cleef & Arpels timepiece. Photographed by Anthony Maule.

The 49 year old super star is not a stranger to appearing semi-nude in pictures but this time, she certainly raised the bar and all I can think of is, what does it take mentally to make such an audacious fashion or feminine statement? As the years go by, people are beginning to take more responsibility for what they believe in and  in some cases decide to go the extreme length to express their true selves, as some entertainment analysts put it. What do you think about such a trend, if it were to be the next big phase, style wise? Jlo seems to be having a blast and from her "InStyle Interview" as well as one of her images posted a couple of days back, you can deduce that, she has a mind of her own and would rather life was less complicated. Do what you must without giving a hoot, who cares....
@jlo (instagram.com/jlo)

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* Jennifer Lopez| Jlo

* INSTYLE|Jennifer Lopez Knows She Is At The Top Of Her Game

Recipe On Flick: Find Out Where The 21st Century Clinical Diet Is Headed

The world of Clinical Dieting is changing quite significantly from what used to be total abstinence from certain foods if you were diagnosed with  certain chronic diseases, to healthy moderation, satisfaction and thus better quality of life but if you don't know, you will never know. The recipe in the image below was served as lunch in one of the biggest private healthcare facilities in England and if you ask me, I'd say this is where the 21st century clinical diet is headed.
Beef Stake & chips + green peas & cherry tomatoes ๐Ÿ“ท: @drkevwe (instagram.com/drkevwe)

From the days when diabetic Grandparents were told to avoid sugar and starchy foods completely and left to depend solely on proteins for energy sources or hypertensive parents/grandparents asked to cut out salt totally, Clinical Nutritionist are now finding out that instead of leaving patients totally weak and energy low, strictly controlled portions create better balance both biologically (physiologically) and psychologically. Instead of staying away from a particular food for a while and relapsing to dangerously binge the hell out of that nutrient on certain occasions, the 21st century diet adopts more liberal recipe time tables that have been found to lead to better adherence  and better health outcomes, as long as medications are taken consistently as prescribed by your Doctor; for those on meds or exercise routines are followed religiously for those seeking weight loss and smashing bodies.
Panini and Salads ๐Ÿ“ท: by @drkevwe (instagram.com/drkevwe)

I am by no means discouraging those who would rather cut out certain foods entirely and easily cope with it. Whatever your reason for dieting, the 21st century reality is that, factors like :physical activity/ exercise, sex, sleep, medications for some and other forms of therapy, play an important role in achieving your targets. Instead of asking a newly diagnosed Hypertensive(person with high blood pressure/poor control) who remains as human as you to cut out salt totally and cope with tasteless food, low salt and 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times a week would be more like it; not forgetting medication use for those who are on prescriptions. You can enjoy your life whilst on a diet, so get back to your nutritional planning table with your Nutritionist and enjoy better recipe choices all day everyday. you deserve to live not just exist. For more on "Food & Recipes", continue to visit this Blog and do well to drop your comments below, if you may.

How The World Plans To Finally Eradicate The Once Dreaded Polio Disease #EndPolioNow

From about an estimated 350,000 cases worldwide as at 1988 to 22 reported cases in 2017, the world is on the verge of finally eradicating the once dreaded Polio disease. More commonly known as Poliomyelitis in clinical circles, the potentially paralytic disease is caused by the Polio virus and is known to affect mainly children under 5 years of age, mainly through person-to-person spread via the infected stool contaminated hand-to-mouth route, causing symptoms that range from: unexplained tiredness, vomiting, headache, fever, stiffness in the neck to severe pain in the legs and irreversible paralysis amongst an unlucky few. The end spectrum of severity for 5% to 10% of paralytic cases as stated in World Health Organisation(WHO) Factsheets is death, mainly from paralysis of respiratory muscles responsible for the process of breathing. The disease condition currently has no cure till date and as a result of the death toll from several epidemics around various parts of the world in the past, as well as the devastating effect on affected families, concerned Organisations spearheaded by WHO, The Global Polio Eradication Initiative(GPEI) formed in 1988 and The Rotary Club International, came to a consensus that, as a global village we must "END POLIO NOW" but what's the plan?  

As a result of major breakthroughs with the scientific research work of Dr Jonas Salk in 1952 and Albert Sabin in 1961, it became clear to the world that, in the absence of any cure, prevention of new infections by vaccination of children from birth was the best way forward. Though 125 countries were said to be affected by significant disease spread in 1988, with concerted efforts mainly through vaccination and public health education, only 3 countries were confirmed to have recurrent incidences of new cases as at 2013: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Strains of the Polio virus were knocked off the face of the earth one after the other until, all we need to finally wipe out now is the recalcitrant Type 1,as shown in the GPEI illustration below.
Courtesy: Global Polio Eradication Initiative ๐Ÿ‘€: polioeradication.org

If the clear answer to the puzzle was vaccination of children to prevent spread and thus new cases, why did the condition linger in some parts of Nigeria for instance? What is going on in Pakistan? Is the crisis in Afghanistan part of the challenge there? I spoke with the Chairman of the Nigerian National Polio Plus Committee of Rotary International, Dr. Abdulrahman Tunji Funsho, in a live Television interview aired from the studios of the Nigerian Television Authority(NTA) Lagos Network Centre in 2016 and at the end of the conversation, I could deduce that one of the major problems in Nigeria to be specific was tribal myths propagated by community leaders especially in the North, that immunisation was evil.  Thankfully, all of that is now a thing of the past as no new cases have been detected in Nigeria for over 1 year now and the country is heading for the final eradication declaration if things remain status quo.

We cannot say immunisation coverage in Nigeria is 100% yet, talk less of  the other 2 countries in which the disease is still endemic and the challenge for many parents is cooperation from their children. The WHO illustration below is a summary of "how to soothe a child during vaccination/immunisation". We hope it helps parents out there who still find it difficult to get their children vaccinated, not just against polio virus but every other potentially infective disease that has a preventive vaccine. Our children must be adequately immunised for age, except where there are genuine medical contraindications.

The 24th of October has been set aside by Rotary International for annual commemoration of World Polio Day to celebrate Jonas Salk for the great discovery of a vaccine that works and to share more information as well as create global awareness towards the fact that we must all participate in the efforts to #EndPolioNow. For more information about Polio/Poliomyelitis, the history of the disease and global efforts towards final eradication, refer to the references below.


BBC|History Of Polio


ROTARY|END POLIO NOW: World Polio Day 2018

SPONSORED: Pink October Breast Screening At Warri, Nigeria- Why You Should Be Part Of It

As part of activities lined up to conclude the Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, The Coastal and Marine Areas Development Initiative (CMADI) in Partnership with Kaizen Pharmacy is organising a "Breast Screening" Event in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria - details as stated in the poster above. The event is ably sponsored by: The Yali Network; New Warri and Dr. Kevwe's Blog. You can also be a sponsor and this  why.....↓
In developing nations like Nigeria, one of the major causes of continuous increased rate of disease is due to lack of adequate knowledge concerning such ailment. 

Today, in our Nigerian setting, some women are yet to hear the words "breast and cervical cancer". Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women worldwide, while breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting and causing deaths among women in the world; even in Nigeria. 

In Nigeria, breast cancer has been recorded as the most common cancer in the female and a principal course of death in women. In the North-Western geopolitical zone of Nigeria, cancer of the breast was second to cancer of the cervix, while in the South-Western geopolitical zone of Nigeria, it was the most common cancer among women

It is said that regular self, clinical and mammography examination of the breast can help with early detection of cancer in women who do not show any symptoms, therefore reducing the rate of women having breast cancer and also reduces the deaths relating to breast cancer. 

Early detection and management of breast cancer have been linked to better outcomes in many developed countries but in Nigeria, most women affected present themselves late for treatment. This is when things have become really worse and it's a life and death issue. It is found that this happens as a result of poor knowledge and laid-back  attitude among women concerning breast cancer. We know this is due to poor education or misinformation available to the general population and the women in particular.

The idea that, "disease no dey kill African man" and "God forbid, cancer is not my portion" plays a significant role in the attitude and reception of the information regarding cancer among the people especially women. 

As a woman, there are risk factors (potential harm) that can lead to developing breast cancer. Some of these potential harm is either natural or you put yourself at risk through some lifestyle behaviours.

These risk factors include:
1. Being a woman (obviously you cannot change that or blame yourself for being a woman)

2. Increasing age (as you get older, the risk gets higher)

3.  family history of first-degree relative with breast cancer

4. previous breast cancers or lumps

5. early start of menstruation; perhaps below  12 years of age

6. first childbirth after 30 years of age

7. late menopause i.e. when you finally stop seeing your period as a woman say at 55 years. 

If you want to learn more about breast cancer and also get an opportunity to be screened for free; there is an event in Warri, Delta State. 
Register now for a free breast screening.


Dr. Weyinmi Orighoye (Dr Weyoms)

Dr Weyinmi Orighoye (Dr Weyoms) is a Paediatrician, Community Development Worker and Women Health Advocate. She enjoys simplifying health matters for African women and children with the use of social media. 
She is the Initiator of The Community Girl Project under Coastal and Marine Areas Development Initiative in Warri, Delta State. The project provides girls in suburban and rural communities with tools to make positive life choices in the areas of health, education, environment and wellbeing.

She has a passion for research. She is currently a Post-Graduate Research Student at the Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom.

World Food Day: Is A #ZeroHunger World Possible By 2030?

October 16 is "World Food Day" and this year, whilst over 800 million people languish in some level of hunger, the big question on the mind of experts is "if a Zero Hunger world is possibly achievable by 2030?" The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations believes very strongly that the feat is achievable but our actions today and moving forwards will just have to determine our future in regards to food security; thus the theme of this all important day this year- "OUR ACTIONS ARE OUR FUTURE"!

Global Hunger Index statistics reveal that the African continent is worse hit by the global hunger crisis, with a large portion of the continent said to be affected by serious hunger - as depicted in the map below. Whilst basic hunger has been defined in some quarters as "a condition in which a person or group of persons is/are unable to eat sufficient food to meet basic nutritional needs", we do know that, the inability to afford whatever you fancy as food, whenever you feel like it or even get satisfying quantity when you want it, is another form of hunger. According to The Hunger Project, "hunger, poverty and food prices are inextricably linked" and if you have ever lived in the third world, you will realise how ridiculous food prices get compared to the inflow of income; thus the level of serious hunger/ food insecurity noted after several surveys. Can we really achieve a "Zero Huger World by 2030"?
๐Ÿ‘€: globalhungerindex.org

Though the Global Hunger Index is said to be on a decline, which is a good sign, a significant number of the world's population still live in some form of hunger with innocent children being the most vulnerable. Malnutrition related diseases are the consequence of this sad fact. If people are still reported to die from conditions like:Protein Energy Malnutrition and Kwashiokor (extreme carbohydrate lack) around some parts of the world in this 21st Century, then we have a serious issue on our hands because every single death is one-too-many. All you need do is empathise by assuming it was a member of your family lost and you will understand better.

Though the hunger crisis always seems to outshine the appreciation of good food on such a day, today still remains World Food Day 2018 and we must appreciate the fact that, there is a wide range of great and healthy food that can be made available to people for them to choose whatever they fancy, whenever they want it. For me personally, fruits and vegetables with some wonderful piece of animal protein to go with it, are fast becoming my favourite  when it comes to a combination of food choices.  That is not to say, I do not enjoy a lovely African dish of traditional oil based or pumpkin and vegetable soup with something to swallow and numerous forms of animal protein to spice up the meal. What is your favourite?

With regards to the "Zero Hunger" question, the best we can do for now is remain optimistic and continue to make concerted efforts to see how are positive actions today, can lead to a food secure future.

 For up to date information on global efforts towards food security and more on the magnitude and effects of the food shortage/hunger problem, visit the references below. Thank you for your time. Do well to remained healthy until we see you for our next article. Also do well to drop a feedback in the comment section below. Your opinion means the world to us.

WHO|World Food Day

FAO|World Food Day

GHI|Global Hunger Index 2018

*The Hunger Project|Hunger