Consultant urologist and gynecologist at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Dr. Ismail Husseni and Dr. Lola Owolabi on Monday identified regular consumption of vegetables, grains, fruits and lifestyle modification as preventive measures against prostate enlargement and menopause.
They also said that regular exercise and improved dietary intakes are capable of reducing medical conditions amongst men and women.
The duo said this in Ilorin, Kwara state capital during health talk organised by the Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kwara state council to mark the 2023 Press Week of the union.
Another consultant surgeon at the Kwara state General Hospital, Ilorin, Dr. Aremu Isiaq corroborated stance of the other colleagues at the interaction he moderated.
Dr. Owolabi listed pains in women at the age of menopause as weak bones, vaginal dryness that may cause painful sexual intercourse, mood changes, loss of air and depletion of hormones.
She added that 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, recommended healthy diets with less carbohydrates, light clothing, frequent cold rather than hot baths, water-based lubricants and hormone replacement therapy that must not be used beyond five years.
The gynaecologist dispelled the belief that irregular sex induces early menopause, describing it 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 said.
She, however, warned against habitual unchecked diets which could “certainly induce early menopause”.
She also prescribed intake of proteinous foods, less strenuous exercises and intake of Vitamin-E medications to reduce falling airs.
On his part, Dr. Husseni described prostate among men as a normal phenomenon “as long as you are not castrated, you must have it”.
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.
Husseni noted that lifestyle modification could forever check or reduce the menace, saying that “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 recommended at least, a yearly medical checkup for men that are 40 years and above with the history of prostate issue in their families.
“Avoid misinformation, prostrate cancer is not contagious,” he declared.
Meanwhile, the Press Week celebrations continue on Tuesday with the Novelty Table Tennis Competition among the NUJ Chapels at the State Secretariat of the union on Offa Road, and the Award of Excellence on Distinguished Personalities and Deserving Members of the Chapel on Wednesday at the Shalom Hall, along EFCC Road, G.R.A, Ilorin.