Is your child Type 1 diabetic?

Recently a colleague’s toddler was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (sometimes called insulin-dependent, juvenile or childhood-onset diabetes).

Helpless I washed my colleague Sbongile and her supporting husband Mandla put up a brave fight for their tot.

Mandla says when Enhle his five months’ daughter was diagnosis with type 1 diabetes, he was “overwhelming”.

“I was so stressed out I didn’t know what to do.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar.

The cause is not known, but it is thought to be the result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

The WHO says new studies are showing that children are increasingly developing the disease.

“Over time, diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves – causing chronic problems and early death,” says the United Nation’s public health arm. says about 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes and an estimated 40,000 people will be newly diagnosed each year in the U.S. says children with undiagnosed type 1 diabetes may be constantly thirsty.

‘That’s because as their blood-glucose level rises, fluid is pulled from their body tissues. These kids may especially crave sweet, cold drinks. Girls with type 1 diabetes may develop yeast infections. A yeast infection in a baby or toddler may show up as very bad diaper rash.’

These are some of the symptoms of diabetes in children:

  • a sweet and fruity odor on your breath.
  • abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting.
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Peggy Moreland of Mayo Clinic in the US, says diet is very important in helping to keep the blood glucose under control.

“Eating regular, healthy meals will give you better blood glucose control”.

Sbongile says she is learning how to give insulin injections, count carbohydrates and monitor blood sugar. “Sometimes she screams refusing to take her meds. We monitor her blood sugar and insulin levels closely. Thanks to her doctors Enhle is showing signs of recovery.

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Too much exercise can lower men’s sex drive: study

Are you a man and a gym fanatic? Well, too much intense exercise can cause low libido in men.

A new study has found that men who exercise with high-intensity workouts on a regular basis tend to have lower libidos than those who follow lower-intensity workout regimes.

Online Journalist of the Global News in Canada Dani-Elle Dubé, reports that researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill surveyed 1,100 men over the age of 18 about their exercise habits and sexual history, including sexual activity, arousal, desire, attractions, fantasies, appetite and more.

She reports that the men who were surveyed were runners, cyclists or amateur endurance athletes. They were then divided into groups of short and long workouts, as well as light, moderate or intense regimes.

Their sexual appetite was also divided into high, moderate or low libidos.

After poring over the results, researchers concluded many of the men reporting low sex drive were too tired to have sex or had just become uninterested.

They also found that men who exercise for shorter periods of the time wanted more sex.

This finding prompted the study’s author to make a recommendation to fertility specialists.

“Clinicians who treat male patients for sexual disorder and, or counsel couples on infertility issues should consider the degree of endurance exercise training a man is performing as a potential complicating factor,” the authors write.

However, a 2012 report by the Endocrine Society found that the libido in middle-aged, overweight men with pre-diabetes can be improved by losing weight. According to those researchers, weight loss can reduce the instances of low testosterone levels in these men by almost 50 per cent.

“Doctors should first encourage overweight men with low testosterone levels to try to lose weight through diet and exercise before resorting to testosterone therapy to raise their hormone levels,” co-author Dr. Frances Hayes said to Science Daily.

“Losing weight not only reduces the risk or prediabetic men progressing to diabetes but also appears to increase their body’s production of testosterone.”

Other factors that could decrease men’s sex drive include aging, depression, stress, high blood pressure, an underlying medical condition, a decrease in male sex hormones due to an endocrine disorder or a medication side effect, the Mayo Clinic says.


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100 thousand South Africans die from cancer each year

Cancer causes almost one in six deaths globally, that’s translate to almost 8.8 million. In South Africa, the diseases affect more than 100 thousand people, every year. Many of these cases are diagnosed at late stages when they are harder to manage effectively. The Cancer Association of South Africa says the disease affect one in four South Africans. As the globe celebrates World Cancer Day (4 February) the World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines, aimed at improving the chances of survival for people living with cancer. This by ensuring that health services can focus on diagnosing and treating the disease earlier.
WHO says even in countries with optimal health systems and services, many cancer cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage, “when they are harder to treat successfully”.
“Diagnosing cancer in late stages, and the inability to provide treatment, condemns many people to unnecessary suffering and early death,” says Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of WHO’s Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention.
“By taking the steps to implement WHO’s new guidance, healthcare planners can improve early diagnosis of cancer and ensure prompt treatment, especially for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers. This will result in more people surviving cancer. It will also be less expensive to treat and cure cancer patients.”
All countries can take steps to improve early diagnosis of cancer, according to WHO’s new Guide to cancer early diagnosis.
The three steps to early diagnosis are:

  • Improve public awareness of different cancer symptoms and encourage people to seek care when these arise.
  • Invest in strengthening and equipping health services and training health workers so they can conduct accurate and timely diagnostics.
  • Ensure people living with cancer can access safe and effective treatment, including pain relief, without incurring prohibitive personal or financial hardship.
    WHO encourages these countries to prioritize basic, high-impact and low-cost cancer diagnosis and treatment services. The Organization also recommends reducing the need for people to pay for care out of their own pockets, which prevents many from seeking help in the first place.
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Six million people die each year because of tobacco use

Cigarette packages in most countries, including South Africa, carry health warnings; however, it seems these cautionary messages are not effective in stopping smoking. According to a new landmark global report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America globally, there are 1.1 billion tobacco smokers aged 15 or older, with around 80% living in low- and middle-income countries. Approximately 226 million smokers live in poverty. The report says the tobacco industry and the “deadly impact” of its products cost the world’s economies more than US$ 1 trillion annually in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity. The report further says that more than six million people die annually as a result of tobacco use, with most living in developing countries.

The report says the tobacco industry and the “deadly impact” of its products cost the world’s economies more than US$ 1 trillion annually in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity. The report further says that more than six million people die annually as a result of tobacco use, with most living in developing countries.

But what is being done to discourage people from smoking? The WHO says policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work. The global health organization such measures can also greatly reduce tobacco use and protect people’s health from the world’s leading killers, such as cancers and heart disease.

“The tobacco industry produces and markets products that kill millions of people prematurely, rob households of finances that could have been used for food and education, and impose immense healthcare costs on families, communities and countries says Dr Oleg Chestnov, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and mental health.

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Six tips to help you lose weight

Phew, finally the silly season is truly behind us. It’s time to dust ourselves and prepare for the New Year ahead. Over the last eight days, I have drafted and redrafted my New year’s resolutions. I’m told the best way to lose weight is to have a proper nourishing meal followed by a “great” workout. So, with bloodshot eyes (reluctantly), I resolved to rejoin the gym for the fifth time in eight years. Sigh. Everyday dieticians tell us about the health benefits of weight loss. They say it can assist in reducing the risk of many serious diseases like; high cholesterol, cancer, depression and gallbladder disease. But as you would know it is discouraging to make the effort to lose weight, only to have it all return in a matter of hours! Yo-yo dieting is also bad for your health. Meanwhile, a renowned dietician says sugar is the ‘alcohol of the child’, yet we let it dominate the breakfast table! Professor Hans de Ridder of North-West University’s (NWU) school of biokinetics, recreation, and sports science says sugar is responsible for all of the chronic metabolic diseases that we know about today. “We are experiencing a large increase in overweight and obesity in adults as well as children. Research shows that nearly two-thirds of South Africans are overweight.” To help you jump-start your weight loss plan, the Impilo lenhle team has found six practical and helpful tips to help you lose weight!


Water is essential for keeping the body hydrated and we’re actually more likely to retain “water weight” by not drinking enough of it rather than by having too much.


Generous amounts of healthy foods that contain a smaller number of calories in a large volume of food, particularly fruits and vegetables.

Increase your physical activity

We recommend getting at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. If you’ve been inactive or you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor or health care provider before starting a new physical activity program.

Kick the salt habit

Salt is a big contributor to weight gain and often a reason why the numbers on the scale aren’t going down.

Spice up your food

According to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition adding hot spices to your meals can help curb hunger. Scientists at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that capsaicin (a compound found in chilies) triggers your brain to release feel-good endorphins.

Diet soda  

A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater their risk of becoming overweight. Downing just two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 500%. Why? Artificial sweeteners can disrupt the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods, suggested an animal study from Purdue University. That means people who consume diet foods might be more likely to overeat because your body is being tricked into thinking it’s eating sugar, and you crave more.

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That dreadful morning after a night of binge drinking

Hands up those who had to deal with a terrible hangover? Too many books and articles have been written about coping with binge drinking, during New Year’s celebrations. But, how can you prevent it before it knocks you down? Do I hear someone whispering “don’t drink”? Heh heh heh.

Francesca Mcmackin of the Gladstone Observer in Australia recently published her list.

We like it and thought it would be great sharing with you.  Here it is:

Here it is:

Drink in moderation and know your limits

At the risk of sounding like your mother, do you really need to get plastered? It might be obvious, but this is the simplest way to avoid any kind of morning regret.

Avoid alcohol with congeners

Congeners are by-products of alcohol production hanging around in trace elements. Studies have shown they intensify hangovers. Drinks like whiskey (especially bourbon), cognac and tequila contain the highest amounts of congeners. Vodka, gin, and rum are all low in congeners.

Pay attention to standard drinks

Count the standard drinks, not how many glasses you’ve had. It’s right there, on the back of every bottle. If you find yourself unable to do the basic maths, maybe it’s time to skip the next round.

Stay hydrated

Dehydration causes most symptoms of a hangover. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means you lose more water through urine, so keep chugging the aqua. Drink a glass of water or a non-sparkling soft drink between each alcoholic one. Then have another big glass of water before going to sleep, and keep water at your bedside for the night.

Don’t drink on an empty stomach

Have a decent-sized dinner with plenty of carbohydrates or fats. This will slow alcohol absorption.

Have a good late-night meal or breakfast

This is especially important if you have low blood sugar. A hearty meal after drinking or in the morning will perk up your sugar levels, mitigating some hangover symptoms.

Sleep in

Alcohol can disturb sleep, so it’s important to let your body have a nice, long rest to mitigate fatigue.



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Six vital symptoms of heart attack

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says more men die from heart disease alone than all cancers combined. An average man is likely to die five years earlier than the average woman, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But it would be better if you know how to read the signs that your body sends you.

Chest pressure

This symptom is the most ignored. People often think that this is nothing special and do not pay special attention to it.

Shortness of breath

The lungs and the heart are two systems that are connected. Lack of oxygen in the lungs means that your heart won’t get the blood that it needs to come through it.

Cold and Flu Symptoms

There is enough evidence that lots of people had suffered from cold and flu just before a heart attack.

Cold Sweats and Dizziness

This symptom can indicate that you have poor circulation which affects the brain and the heart.


If you feel constant fatigue even after you have been sleeping or resting means that you have improper blood circulation and blood flow to your heart.


When your arteries become narrow they don’t allow the blood to circulate properly which means that the muscles are not getting what they need, and this could cause you to fall.

Meanwhile, the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA) says knowing how to recognise the signs of stroke, is a key first step in treating stroke.

A useful acronym to remember and to share widely with family and friends, is FAST:

Face: Is one side drooping?

Arms: Raise both arms. Is one side weak?

Speech: Is the person able to speak? Are words jumbled or slurred?

Time: If even one of these signs are present, act quickly and call emergency services.

HSFSA says by asking these simple questions and being able to identify whether you, a friend or bystander is having a stroke, could save a life and improve chances of rehabilitation.  The sooner a stroke is recognised and care is sought, the higher the chances of survival and recovery.

If you think someone is having a stroke are 10177 (Landline) and 112 (Cell).

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