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My journey with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – shares Wendy Kimani

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Kenyan artiste Wendy Kimani has talked of how she battled Packs, a condition she has slowly learnt how to manage.

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age.

Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels.

The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.

Sharing in her journey through her social media Wendy said

‘HAVE YOU TRIED THE DIET ROUTE? WHAT HAS WORKED FOR YOU SO FAR?

Just by the thousands of articles I’ve read up on through my journey, there’s really no one test that you do to diagnose PCOS.

The doc just goes by what symptoms you have e.g Weight gain, irregular period, check for insulin resistance, an ultra sound to check for polycystic ovaries (If you have cysts in your ovaries).

Some blood tests to check for hormonal imbalance just to name a few. AND YES SOMETIMES IT IS MISDIAGNOSED.’

Wendy pointed out that at times it’s easy to be misdiagnosed.

‘It’s also so strange how Women with PCOS can each have really different symptoms from each other.

I may not see my period for months and another chic with PCOS may have an abnormally heavy flow. I might gain weight and the other person have no issue with weight at all.

SO CONFUSING! So your DOC is the best person to speak to about diagnosis and treatment buuuuuut don’t just stop there.

So after I was told I was pre-diabetic, the doc prescribed Glucophage (I believe this was for the insulin part) and contraceptives to regulate my period plus working out.’

Adding

‘As soon as I started to use the contraceptives, BOOM!! guess who shows up? miss period!

But after two months my pills were over so I thought I’m cured.

WRONG! After 2 months it was gone AGAIN! Also, Glucophage was making me feel HO-RRI-BLE! Dizzy, foggy plus the weight was just there tu mschewww!.’

It’s then that Wendy decided to carry out her own research.

‘I did my own research online and found loaaaads of info. Women who’ve been there before me who know way more than I do.

I ditched the drugs and decided to try the diet route.

No dairy😭 no gluten (well at least for the majority of the week) Do you know how painful it is to not eat bread! 🍞 That’s a rant for another day!

Guess what! In a month my period was back.

This was one year before I had my son.

So I decided to be dedicated for a year to this new lifestyle and see if I could regulate it for 12 months straight and it did.

I actually lost SOME weight considering I wasn’t working out and was able to conceive my son. This is what worked for ME!’

By Mpasho.co.ke


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The Rate at Which Kenyan Teens Are Consuming Alcohol is Alarming!

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Even though the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act (2013) clearly states that; “No person holding a licence to manufacture, store or consume alcoholic drinks under this Act shall allow a person under the age of eighteen years to enter or gain access to the area in which the alcoholic drink is manufactured, stored or consumed,” a recent study shows that young people start consuming alcohol between the age 12 – 16 years. A bigger percentage of them receive their first drink from their friends, relatives and even parents.

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But who cares? The bar owners need money, and young people want to have fun.

44.9% of them drink on special occasions, 32.9% on school holidays, 6.6% 2-3 times a week, 5.1% daily, 5.1% once a month, 3.3% every two weeks and 2.9% once a week.

BOY SCHOOLS ACCOUNT FOR THE HIGHEST UNDERAGE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION WHILE THE HABIT TENDS TO BE ALMOST EVENLY SKEWED BETWEEN THOSE THAT RECEIVE >3000 & <500 PER TERM AS POCKET MONEY. MINORS FROM SINGLE PARENT AND GRANDPARENT-LED FAMILIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN UNDERAGE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL
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Kenyans Woman Spikes Lover’s Drink, Transfers Sh1.7mn From His Bank Account – police

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A woman has been arrested in the Kenyan coast after spiking his drink, and stealing Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

24-year-old Beatrice Mueni Mbiu had been on the run since September 8 when the incident occurred at a night club in Nyali, Kwale County.

“She took off alongside her two accomplices but we got her,” a DCI detective told Capital FM News, “she will be charged on Monday even as we seek the other two.”

The detective said the suspect had been positively identified by the victim.

According to police, the woman first spiked the man’s drink then stole his phone which she used to transfer Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

Detectives said they relied on the club’s CCTV images and footage to identify and trace the suspect.

Drink-spiking is common in night clubs frequented by commercial sex workers in major towns including Nairobi and Mombasa where they target both locals and foreigners.

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PS Kibicho reveals he contracted coronavirus

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Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has revealed that he contracted coronavirus and recovered after undergoing treatment.

While addressing mourners in Kirinyaga County on Friday Dr Kibicho said Covid-19 is not a death sentence.

“I tested positive for coronavirus, but I was treated and discharged from hospital,” he said at Gathuthuini Primary School during the funeral service of a local church leader.

“I am a living example. Those who are suffering from the disease should not worry because they will get well,” he said, adding that out of 100 people who contract the disease in Kenya only two succumb to it.

Dr Kibicho advised Kenyans to be tested for the disease because it is curable.

“Kenyans should be tested to know their status so that they can be treated,” he said.

The PS also urged Kenyans not to stigmatise people who have contracted the virus.

“Covid-19 patients should be showed love and not rejection. When the patients are abandoned, they become depressed and may take longer to recover,” he said.

He also underscored the need for everyone to continue observing protocols issued by the Ministry of Health to control the spread of Covid-19.

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“People should wear masks, sanitise regularly, wash their hands and avoid crowded places,” he said.

The PS further said that city residents should avoid travel during the holidays.

“If I had power, I would lock Nairobi during the festive season to curb spread of the dis-ease to rural areas,” Dr Kibicho said.


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