Medical experts caution on lifestyle, foods to check prostate cancer, menopause pains
Medical experts have suggested lifestyle modification, improved diet intake as panacea to check and manage prostate cancer among men and pains of menopause among women.
Delivering health talks at the 2023 press week of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Kwara state NUJ, two medical consultants from the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Dr. Lola Owolabi, Dr. Ismail Husseni and a senior consultant surgeon from the General Hospital, Ilorin, Dr. Aremu Isiaq, enlightened the people on how to manage menopause and prostate enlargement.
Dr. Owolabi had listed pains in women at the age of menopause to include weak bones, vaginal dryness that may cause 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 as well as uterus collapse.
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 gynaecologist consultant dispel the belief that irregular sex induces early menopause which she described as “an ageing 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 advised proteinous foods, less strenuous exercises and intake of Vitamin-E medications to reduce falling airs.
On prostate enlargement, Dr. Ismail Husseni, a Urology consultant from the same UITH, described prostate among men as a normal phenomenon, “as long as you are not castrated, you must have it”, he noted.
He, however, warned on the danger of its naivety, management and control.
He linked its spread and dangerous poise to irregular and unchecked diets.
“There is no major treatment to prostate cancer, it varies,” adding that its severity lies with the risk factors.
Husseni noted that lifestyle modification could forever check or reduce the menace, 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 diary 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, prostrate cancer is not contagious,” he declared.
The consultant surgeon from the General Hospital, Ilorin, Dr. Aremu Isiaq, moderated the enlightenment discussion.
Meanwhile, the Press Week celebrations continue on Tuesday with novelty table tennis competition among the NUJ chapels at the NUJ state secretariat on Offa road, Ilorin.