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Divorced men are more prone to obesity and hypertension

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Divorced, separated or widowed men are at highest risk of heart attack.

A study at the St Mary’s Mission Hospital shows this group of men have high rates of obesity, hypertension, high blood sugar and bad cholesterol compared to those who are married.

People with these health conditions – collectively called Metabolic Syndrome or MetS, the study says, have twice the likelihood of developing and dying from heart diseases.

They are also more than seven times at risk of developing diabetes, compared to those without MetS.

While being divorced, separated or widowed was generally found bad for the health of both genders, the study shows men are faring much worse than women.

The report which involved 404 patients attending the hypertension and diabetes clinic at the hospital, suggests men cope poorly after loss of a partner than women.

Unlike women, the study says it is hard for men to adopt healthy behaviours such as cooking and eating healthy foods in their homes? (Shutterstock)

Metabolic syndrome

The clinic attends to about 600 patients a month. Of the study participants about 82 per cent suffered metabolic syndrome.

“Marital status was shown as an important predictor of MetS … especially in men, with those divorced, separated, widowed being at higher risk,” says the study published last Saturday in the journal of High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention.

Unlike women, the study says it is hard for men to adopt healthy behaviours such as cooking and eating healthy foods in their homes.

Instead they are likely to prefer eating restaurant prepared meals most likely containing processed and fast food associated with MetS.

In contrast, married men who live with their spouses have better health behaviour thus protecting them from MetS.

Abdominal or central obesity is characterised by large waistlines and more common in men than women (Shutterstock)

Health benefits

Indeed, marriage, the authors say is associated with many health benefits including decreased cardiovascular diseases and deaths.

“Lack of marital relationships may cause stress, a precursor for MetS,” says the study led by Okubatsion Tekeste Okube of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

Slightly more than a half, 50.5 per cent of study respondents reported being stressed.

“Our findings also showed respondents who had stress were more likely to develop high blood pressure and high blood sugar compared to those without stress.”

Of those who had stress, a majority, 54.4 per cent, reported the main cause being financial problems. This involved lack of finances, being laid off and the threat of unemployment.

Almost 40 per cent reported being stressed due to social issues including ongoing difficulties in close relationships, divorce or separation.

The study also involving Dr Samuel T Kimani and Dr Waithira Mirie of the University of Nairobi found high rates of abdominal obesity in the study group.

Abdominal or central obesity is characterised by large waistlines and more common in men than women. In women, the excess fat is likely to be deposited in the hips.

This, the authors say puts men at higher risk of developing chronic diseases compared to women. “This is because abdominal fat is easily mobilised into blood vessels leading to type-2 diabetes and heart events compared to hip fat.”

The better earning men, the report say are at high risk because they are likely to consume unhealthy foods (Shutterstock)

But even among men, these conditions were seen to affect various categories differently.

Employed men, earning over Sh30,000 per month were at higher risk of MetS, compared to males earning less.

“Our findings revealed that employed men in particular and those with higher monthly income were more likely to develop MetS,” says the study.

The better earning men, the report say are at high risk because they are likely to consume unhealthy foods – salty, sugary and processed items – and a sedentary lifestyle.

On the other hand, poorer men were more likely to be involved in physically demanding activities, increasing their total energy expenditure, which may protect them from developing obesity and heart conditions.

The authors found it interesting that women with tertiary education were less likely to develop MetS compared to those with primary or no formal education. But this was not found in men.

Educated women, the report says are likely to enjoy economic security and better access to healthcare. The study, which involved people aged 18 to 64 years says for both genders, the older they got the higher the risk of MetS.

Women who had a family history of hypertension were more likely to develop MetS, shows the report. Females were also more likely to have known their hypertensive status compared to the male respondents.

By SDE


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Shock as man ‘resurrects’ in a Kericho mortuary

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There was drama at Kapkatet sub-county hospital in Kericho on Tuesday night when a 32-year-old man who had been presumed dead and taken to the mortuary regained consciousness close to three hours later.

Mortuary attendants were getting ready to embalm Peter Kigen’s body when they noticed some movements.

Kigen, a resident of Kibwastuiyo village in Bureti Constituency, is said to have collapsed while at home before his family took him to hospital.

His younger brother, Kevin Kipkurui, said he was present when Kigen collapsed. With the help of their cousin, they took Kigen to the hospital at 5.30 pm.

“When we arrived at the casualty department, we met a doctor who asked us to register the details of the patient at the reception while he attended to him,” Kipkurui, who was still in shock, told The Standard.

After registering the patient, Kipkurui said he was again asked to the National Hospital Insurance Fund desk for further documentation of his brother.

Kigen reportedly suffers from a chronic illness.

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“When I went back to the casualty department at around 7.45 pm, I learnt my brother was dead. A nurse told me that he died long before we arrived at the hospital,” Kipkurui said.

He added: “The nurse later handed me a document to take to the mortuary attendant before my brother’s body was moved to the morgue.”

However, at 10.30 pm, Kipkuriu said, as they were waiting for embalming of Kigen’s body, they were informed that in fact, he was not dead.

Mortuary attendants who mummified the body told them that Kigen had regained consciousness.

“The mortician called me into the morgue and we saw him make movements. We were shocked. We could not understand how they could move a person who is still alive into the mortuary,” Kipkurui said.

Kigen, who spoke from his hospital bed yesterday, said he was shocked to learn that he was thought to have died and even taken to the mortuary.

“I cannot believe what just happened. How did they establish that I was dead?” he said.

Kirui, who donned his light-blue hospital uniform, was nevertheless happy to be alive and vowed to dedicate his life to evangelism once he’s discharged from hospital.

“I did not even know where I was when I regained consciousness, but I thank God for sparing my life. I will serve him for the rest of my life,” he said.

The hospital’s medical superintendent Gilbert Cheruiyot said Kigen was in critical condition when he was brought in.

Dr Cheruiyot said: “His relatives presumed he was dead and did not even wait for certification of death. They moved him to the mortuary, on their own.”

He said the clinical officers at the casualty were busy attending to other critically ill patients when Kigen was brought in, including an epileptic and a diabetic patient.

“They asked Kigen’s relatives to give them some time but they accused the clinicians of taking too much time and decided to take him to the mortuary. It was while the mortician was getting ready to embalm his body that she noticed some signs of life,” said Cheruiyot. He said the mortician informed the team at the casualty department which took Kigen back and begun resuscitating him. The process took three hours before the patient was stabilised.

“The patient was later taken to the ward and is responding well to treatment. We hope to discharge him in a few days,” Dr Cheruiyot said yesterday.

He added: “I advise those bringing their loved ones to the hospital to follow the laid down regulations. Before a body is moved the mortuary, it has to be certified by a clinician. In Kigen’s case, we can only say he was lucky, especially because of our qualified mortician who checked him before making any move,” said Cheruiyot.

The bizarre incident saw local MCAs, led by the Majority Leader Hezron Kipngeno, storm the hospital. This is after Chelanget MCA Hezborn Tonui demanded a statement from the heath committee over the incident that shocked the county.


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Janet Mbugua shares her Covid-19 scare

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Media personality Janet Mbugua has shared the tale of the time she faced a scare as thought she had contracted Covid-19 last month.

In a video she shared on Instagram, the former Citizen tv news anchor said she experienced Covid-19 symptoms which escalated quite quickly.

The video shows her being taken through the nasal swab test for Covid-19, which is known to very uncomfortable.

Luckily, the result for the mother of two came back negative.

Janet Mbugua said that her scary experience motivated her to fight the fear and stigma related to Coronavirus, and will use her platform to advocate for a vaccine.

This comes as Covid-19 cases continue to rise sharply in Kenya amid a rush by various pharmaceutical companies globally to come up with an effective vaccine.

By NN


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Comedian Flaqo opens up on rare condition he has been battling

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Popular Kenyan comedian, Flaqo born Erastus Ayieko Otieno has for the first time spoken about a rare condition that he has been struggling with for some time.

Turns out that despite the funny man the Kenyan audience and beyond has grown to know as Flaqo Raz, he has his fair share of battles behind the cameras.

Flaqo opens up

The Internet sensation shared a photo showing red, itchy welts like a form of skin reaction on certain parts of his body.

Depending on the reactions, the welts appear and fade repeatedly and vary in size.

The YouTuber shared his condition with fans in the hope that maybe one or two can relate to what he has been going through and maybe work out a solution on the same.

“Anyone with this condition, how do you go about it?” he posed.

Comedian Flaqo rare skin condition

“Sometimes I have to postpone my shoots because they are unbearable. Zangu zilipotea for 6 months straight. Now they are back…” he replied to a fan who shared a similar experience.

Funny enough, soon as he had put up the post, he got so much feedback, with so many individuals able to relate to his skin condition, to his amazement.

“So far: try staying in the sun for a bit, bathe with warm water after taking antihistamines. To understand your condition better, make a point of seeing a dermatologist,” Flaqo shared with fans battling a similar condition, after gathering responses from his fan base.

Wrapping up urging fellow victims to take plenty of water, work out more often and avoid proteins since hives get triggered by things like particular foods, medication and stress.

By Ghafla.com


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