Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
Medical experts have esteemed for modified lifestyle and improved diet intakes above medical treatment in order to curtail the spread of prostate cancer and pains of menopause among men and women in the country. Three senior medical consultants from University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) Ilorin, Kwara State, namely Dr. Lola Owolabi, Dr. Oseni Ismaila and Dr. Aremu Iziak made these suggestions during the 2023 press week of the correspondents’ chapel of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
The three medical consultants spoke on two health talks: Menopause and Prostate Enlargement.
Dr. Owolabi had listed pains in women at the age of menopause to include weak bones, vaginal dryness that may ensure painful sexual intercourse, mood changes, loss of air and depletion of hormones.
She also added slow digestion, loss of voice, profuse sweating, pubic hair fall off and loss of elasticity of urinary bladder and uterus collapse to the accompanied pains.
She however proffered healthy diets with less carbohydrates, light clothings, frequent cold rather than hot baths, water-based lubricants and hormone replacement therapy that must not be used beyond five years.
The gynecology consultant dispelled the belief that irregular sex induces early menopause which she described as “an aging process among women.
“It is the absence of eggs that prompt normal and regular menopause, it has nothing to do with sex,” she stated.
She, however, warned against habitual unchecked diets which could “certainly induce early menopause.”
She encouragedintake of protein foods, less strenuous exercises and intake of Vitamin-E medications to reduce falling airs.
On prostate enlargement, Dr. Oseni, a neurology consultant from the UITH, described prostate among man as normal “as long as you are castrated, you must have it,” he noted.
He, however, warned on the danger of naivety, management and control.
He linked its spread and dangerous poise to irregular and unchecked diets.
According to him, “there is no major treatment to prostate cancer, it varies,” adding that its severity lies with the risk factors.
Oseni noted that lifestyle modification could forever check or reduce the menace. He said: “Lifestyle modification is the key to prostate cancer-free life among men.
“The risk factors aside alcohol and smoking is diet. Do away with dairy foods like animal fats and red meats and go for white meats like rabbits, chicken and turkey.”
He also advised men to engage in regular exercises and screening, especially for men above 40 years.
Avoid misinformation, prostate cancer is not contagious,” he declared.
Meanwhile, the week continues today (Tuesday) with novelty table tennis among the correspondents at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) state secretariat on Ofa Road.