Since the introduction of anti-retroviral therapy (ART), HIV wasting syndrome has become a thing of the past as people enjoy better health (HATiP, Issue 182, 06 October 2011). However as the condition has become more of a chronic disease with people living longer and ageing, the common trend now is overweight and obesity. Individuals living with the virus are now exposed to risk factors of non-communicable diseases similar to those of the general population, in addition to the risk factors associated with the infection and the ART. The result is nutrition challenges such as diabetes, hypertension; dyslipidemia among others (UNAIDS). (more…)
Yesterday morning, a friend from the African Cancer Foundation (ACF) sent me a message and told me about this guy with recurrent brain cancer whom they are trying to help access treatment. Like you may have figured already, I had quite a day so I only settled to slowly read about Jadudi -whose story is allover social media now- on my way home. It is heartbreaking to have such a young soul go through what he is going through now so if you can help, please do. A neighbour is not necessarily the person living next door, but he that needs your help. (more…)
Last week, 21 African first ladies and representatives congregated in Kenya to discuss cancer in the 9th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer conference. The conference which was attended by an estimated 4000 local and international delegates looked at the role of public and private sector partnerships in the fight against cancer. (more…)
From our grandparent years and beyond, it was common for families to have different meals. The mother and her children ate the same meal while the man ate the ‘better’ meal – meat, fried food- while pregnant women could not eat certain foods. In addition, women tended to the farms, milked cows and sold the produce, only to give the money to the men. They ate very little of it if any. Even today, women serve the men first. Now it is okay to, as long as it does not mean you skip the meal or not have enough. But although the deprivation has remarkably improved, stigmatization has pretty much replaced it. Talk of diets-nearly all targeting women. Just log on to Facebook; you are guaranteed to find more than you need. There is a common perception that a woman is beautiful if she is a certain size, eats certain food, and takes certain drinks. As a matter of fact, you are so much a lady, come meal time. I have heard a man tell a lady friend “that is quite a serving for a girl”. I have personally been said to be dieting when I chose to have fruits or cereals during the tea break when everyone else had bread.
In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases recommended implementation of “fiscal measures” to improve diets and health. Soon after, Denmark implemented the first national ‘fat tax’, which on review, the 15-month-long tax resulted in a reduction in saturated fats intake. (more…)
A male friend of mine just told me something I found completely awing. “I carry a knife and chopping board whenever I am going for a barbeque in case of an emergency”. The emergency was in quotes. It had to be. I mean, how do you go to barbeques expecting an emergency that will need a knife and chopping board (chuckle)? (more…)
Most recent global estimates indicate that 60% of the world population is exposed to health risks due to inactivity. As a matter of fact, physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for mortality worldwide (World Health Organization). It is linked (directly or indirectly) to risk factors of non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, high blood sugaru, high cholesterol, and the striking increase in overweight and obesity among both adults and children. (more…)