Invokana: A diabetes drug that could slow down kidney problems- study

Invokana, is a drug that help control sugar in the blood for people with diabetes. A study has showed that it may help, prevent or control diabetes.

Diabetes then , is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat.

Therefore Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body does not make enough or any insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells.

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Those on the drug had a 30 percent lower risk of one of these problems – kidney failure, need for dialysis, need for a kidney transplant, death from kidney- or heart-related causes, or other signs that kidneys were failing.

Symptoms of diabetes may include  sores that do not heal, weight-loss, increased hunger, fatigue and also numbness

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A study showed that more than 420 million people in the world have diabetes , thus for every 1,000 people taking the drug for 2.5 years, there would be 47 fewer cases of one people undergoing dialysis or people who have diabetes.

In recent years, several studies have found that Invokana and some similar drugs can lower heart risks. The new results, showing that Invokana also may stall or prevent kidney failure, expand the potential benefits of the drug.

 

 

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Ciku Muiruri’s heart felt message to Ivy Wangechi’s mother

Former media personality Ciku Muiruri penned down a heart felt open letter to Ivy Wangechi’s mum during the tough times that the family is going through,

Ivy, a sixth-year medical student at Moi University was hacked to death by Naftali Kinuthia on the eve of her 25 birthday.

Ciku’s letter read;

 

OPEN LETTER TO WINIFRED WAITHERA (IVY WANGECHI’S MUM).

In this Holy Week, your daughter will be laid to rest. You have had to endure her being killed, twice. First, by the seemingly senseless slaying and the second time by bloggers and even radio presenters – Specifically Didge on Homeboyz radio – Who made jokes about her death and alluded to her deserving what she got. And Jalango who wrote a lengthy post on Instagram about women not accepting gifts from men without being ready to deal with the consequences.
You have had to endure lies being spread about the apple of your eye.

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She adds that;

Everything from infecting this disturbed young man (that she never even dated) with HIV, to her being a money-grabbing slut. Yes, they have killed your angel twice. Today, there are reports of a 24 year old woman in Nyaribo that has been stabbed and killed by her alleged ex-boyfriend. Another man who stabbed his wife 17 times in Mathira has given himself up to police. Hot on the heels of another stabbing in Pwani University where yet another girl fights for her life. Naomi Chepkemboi’s crime was to send back money to a man whose attentions she did not want. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
Mama Wangechi, I’m a mum too. I too have a young, beautiful daughter. She is graduating from University in July, her life ahead of her. I can relate to the horror of what you must be going through.

 

So I will try and hold your hand with my words, with the hope that they will give you just a small piece of comfort. This weekend, I saw a post questioning why God killed innocent Egyptian kids over Passover and saved the ‘right’ kids from death. The meme is sarcastic and alludes to God willing evil by punishing innocent children. I’m sure such thoughts may have crossed your mind. Why Ivy? Why a doctor? Why a God fearing girl? Why a girl so beautiful? Why a life so blessed?
People die in churches worshipping. They die in floods, they die from crazed gun men. And yes, from an axe wielding mad man. God’s choice to no longer will a person to live, is not to will evil.

 

We must ALL die. But it’s never senseless. He gave up His only son to die. We will bury Him this Friday. And look what His death did for the world. Remember when Jesus cured a blind man in the Gospel of John? The disciples wondered whose sin had caused the man’s blindness, his own or his parents. “Neither,” Jesus answered. “Rather, he was made blind that the works of God might be revealed in him.”
Those kids in Egypt were also chosen – that the works of God might be revealed in their deaths. We all have a role in this life, whether it is clear to us or not. So did Ivy. Yes, she needed to be a doctor. God fearing.

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She also continues to say;

Beautiful. A wonderful soul with a life so blessed. She needed to be all these things so that we can now SEE the girl in Pwani. So we can SEE the woman in Nyeri. These headlines are not new. But Ivy struck a chord in us all so deep, that we now SEE the other women.
It may not seem like it now, but be sure your daughter did not die in vain. Because of her, we now SEE that mental health issues are REAL and must be taken more seriously. Because of her violence against women and blaming the victim will NOT be tolerated. Didge is serving a suspension from his job because of it. Jalang’o saw the error of his ways and deleted his post. Because of Ivy, we know that not everything you read on the Internet is true. Anyone can do it. Even you. Start a blog right now. Write anything you want. It will be on the Internet.

 

That does not make what you write true. Because of your daughter people will begin to question what they read. They will look at the source. They will wait for a credible media house with the proper facts before they murder another person again with their words. Like they did to your daughter.
Yes, as you lay your precious Ivy to rest, know that it was not in vain. Hundreds of other girls will live, because she died. Thanks mum for your amazing daughter. She was chosen that the works of God might be revealed through her. #RIPIVYWANGECHI

Get well soon to the women fighting for their lives. We SEE you.

***To help contribute to Ivy’s funeral expenses, the family have set up a paybill number 855050 under ‘Ivy Wangechi send-off’.

 

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Rose Muhando bounces back from rehab

Rose Muhando is finally back and feeling better.

The gospel singer caused anxiety after  a video surfaced not too long ago, allegedly of 10 demons talking about how they destroyed the gospel star’s career.

She had also been spotted with a bandaged arm, with many asking what had happened .The ‘Nibebe’ hit maker took to social media to say;

The devil wants to kill me… Thank you God am still alive😿 

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Soon after the exorcism, she was taken to rehab and now new pictures show a recovered Muhando.

She shared new photos of herself with a heartfelt message in a post which said,

My new look.. I am healed ..Asanteni wootee Mungu awabariki.. Sifa na utukufu una Ww mungu

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Some of her fans took to social media to receive her come back saying;

nahimanazawadithiena: oooh Mungu nimwema sikuzote namushukuru mungu kwa hali yako gisi ninzuri ubarikiwe Mam Rose

jenniferwanj: Glory be to God mama…I’m more than happy to know your oky may He continue to bless you… we are waiting for new songs now mama

nahimanazawadithiena: oooh Mungu nimwema sikuzote namushukuru mungu kwa hali yako gisi ninzuri ubarikiwe Mam Rose

ney.dany: Amen mama jaman nimefurahi sana Mungu ni Mwema Nakupenda sana mamaangu

danielomwan: Nashukuru sana mungu kwa ajili yako mamangu rose

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5 Reasons why drinking water is important to our health

Do you drink enough water everyday? Well, facts have proved that drinking water is essential to our bodies. That our bodies are 60% water.

The recommended water intake has always been 8 glasses a day but with time it has been noted that our bodies need more hydration than the recommended 8 glasses that have been said.

 

1. It leads to a clear glowing skin

Have you always wondered why some people have glowing skin while they don’t do much to keep them glowing? Well if you follow up, you will find out that it is because they take plenty of water which hydrates their skin giving them that flawless glow .

Thus it is important to always hydrate and it may not show immediately on your skin especially if you have been taking enough, but when the changes show, you will be glad you made that decision.

It also leads to premature wrinkling.

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2. The digestive system depends on it

The digestive system depends on water 100% and dehydration leads to constipation and excessive dehydration can also lead to ulcers

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3. It prevents kidney damage

Kidney stones can be caused by lack of enough water in the system. Thus one should take enough water to avoid this and other problems.

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4. Boosts your brain power

Research has been found out that in both women and children, when you drink more water, you may improve your cognitive performance, too. Several studies have shown that people drinking water during cognitive tasks performed much better than those people who did not drink water during the tasks.

 

5. Protects against diseases

One of the most important roles of water is its ability to prevent diseases. Proper hydration may lead to preventing diseases such as constipation, urinary tract infection and also kidney stones.

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Don’t blame the baby – stretchmarks are in your genes

 

Now scientists have solved the mystery about why some people are more predisposed to the scars – and the answer is in our genes.

Researchers examined the DNA of more than 760,000 people and found there are 544 ‘genetic markers’ linked to stretch marks.

According to researcher Dr Olga Sazonova, some of these increase the likelihood of suffering stretch marks, while others appear to protect against them.

Her team at the US-based firm 23andMe used the DNA data to create a computer model which could predict whether a person was more or less likely to develop stretch marks.

Dr Sazonova said: ‘For me, 81 per cent of people with genetic and other factors similar to me have stretch marks, while 19 per cent don’t.’

While stretch marks are most associated with pregnancy, other causes include growth spurts during puberty or simply piling on the pounds. The mark itself is a type of scar caused by stretched skin failing to repair perfectly.

Skin cells of people with stretch marks are genetically programmed to make lower amounts of certain proteins important for elasticity and repair, such as the aptly named elastin.

The 23andMe study was based on results from 670,000 people of European descent, with another 90,000 from other ethnic groups including African-Americans, Latin Americans and those of South Asian origin.

All were asked if they had stretch marks on their arms, legs and hips. They were purposefully not asked if they had stretch marks on the abdomen to try to ensure the results were not skewed by pregnancy. Nonetheless, the reported rate of stretch marks was much higher in women than in men.

Dr Sazonova said it was likely some of this difference was due to mothers mistakenly including abdominal stretch marks, but added it was possible women’s physiology also made their skin more prone to them.

The rates were slightly higher in non-Europeans but Dr Sazonova said this could be because stretch marks were more noticeable on darker skin.

Unfortunately, little can be done to stop stretch marks forming in the first place – other than avoiding pregnancy and putting on weight – or to make them disappear.

‘You can find all kinds of claims on the internet, but realistically I don’t think we have enough solid evidence to really say, ‘Here is one action you could take,’ ‘ Dr Sazonova said.

Happily, there is evidence that time can be a healer – older people report less scarring.

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K24 presenter Isabella Kituri has the cutest baby bump

Tv girl Isabella Kituri used a cheeky way to reveal her pregnancy to Kenyans.

She unveiled her baby bump two weeks ago and we can’t help but be impressed with how well she is carrying her pregnancy. She is positively glowing.

The K24 tv host, is a Manchester United fan, who took to social media after Barcelona secured a vital away win against Manchester United at Old Trafford to comment.

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She captioned and used the opportunity to shared a picture of her baby bump.

@manchesterunited coming through.. hebu excuse us! Ooh Barcelona .ohh @man.united_girls will cry.. Shindwe! #manchesterunitedfc #makeyourownfun #faithoverfear @manutd_kenya

Isabella joins a list of TV personalities who hide their pregnancy while on screen.

Last year, Citizen TV girl Lulu Hassan was spotted with a bump, during an off air moment. Her fans were excited to finally see she was pregnant with her third child.

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We wish Isabella Kituri the best as she awaits the birth of her baby.

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‘I exchanged more than 5000 babies during birth’ Confesses former nurse

A former Zambian nurse, Elizabeth Mwewa, has shocked many after she confessed to switching babies during birth just for fun.

She decided to confess of her wrong doing as she feels the ‘angle of death ‘ is around the corner.

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Speaking from her hospital bed where she is battling cancer she says

“I have terminal cancer and I know I will be dying soon.

I wish to confess my sins before God and before all the affected people especially those who were giving birth at UTH during my service.

I have found God, I am now born again. I have nothing to hide.

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In the 12 years I worked in the maternity ward at UTH, I swapped close to 5000 babies,” Zambian Observer reports

I know I sinned against God and may he forgive me for that.

I am also asking Zambians to forgive me for the evil things I was doing to innocent children. I have caused some faithful couples to divorce after going for DNA Tests.

Its now that I have realized I was just being used by a demon to do that.

I have caused many mothers to breastfeed children who are not theirs biologically. I don’t want to go to Hell for that.

Am really sorry I have sinned a lot. Please forgive me.

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In conclusion she says

If you were born in UTH between the years 1983 to 1995 chances are your parents may not be your biological parents. I had developed a habit of swapping newly born babies just for fun.

So take a good look at your siblings, if for example everyone is light and you are darkie… you are that child and I am really sorry for that .

Do you think that she should be forgiven?

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‘I knew my son was no more’ Mukami Mwaura recalls son’s death 2 years ago

Nelius Mukami has taken to social media to share a heart wrenching tribute to her son who passed away 2 years ago.

Mukami, who is married to nominated senator Isaac Mwaura, recalled the day she received a call informing her that her son had died.

Two years ago … I got a call at 8am from Nairobi hospital NiCU asking me to rush to the hospital.

I asked how my baby was doing … the nurse kept quiet for a few seconds then she told me my baby was still in critical condition but she would rather that she talks to me in Person.

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I knew what she meant. I knew my son was no more. 69 days of pain and suffering, with a heavy heart and overwhelming sadness.

I also felt some relief; that my baby wouldn’t have to go through all that suffering.

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She adds that

I knew he was in a better place. He is forever a beautiful gift to us …

We will always remember him in our hearts and in his little brother we are reminded that Gods brings no sorrow with his blessing.

So we rejoice at the gift of a baby who was too beautiful for earth.
#rip #ripson #preemiebaby #infantloss #infantlossawareness #preemieloss #neverforgotten

Since the death of her kids Mukami  has taken the initiative of constantly talk about it to encourage other mothers who have lost their kids.

The surviving baby Njiru Mwaura recently celebrated his second birthday.

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All we can say is that God has been gracious enough to the Mwaura’s despite losing their kids.

 

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6 ways to achieve flawless skin effortlessly

Ever wondered how to keep your face looking younger and glowing? Worry no more as we have tips on how you can achieve such.

We have rounded up 6 easy ways on how to keep your skin looking younger and flawless

1. Hydrate

Staying hydrated is overall good for your health. Every cell in your body equally need water in order to perform well.

In regards to this water is essentially the best way to keep your body hydrated and skin glowing.

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2. Fruits and vegetables

What you eat eventually contributes a big factor on how your skin looks. Fruits and vegetables should take a big portion in your day to day meals for that flawless and glowing young skin.

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3. Change your pillow covers

Changing your pillow covers often helps reduce the dirt that one may sleep on every NIGHT.

However, dermatologists recommend silk pillows and pillow covers as they help prevent wrinkles and even breakouts, help skin stay hydrated, and regulate body heat.

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4. Always cleanse your face before sleeping

in our every day life, the skin is exposed to dirt and make up thus putting a strain on it.

That is why cleansing it before sleeping to remove the dirt and dead skin is an important part of your skin routine.

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5. Good sleep

Your body has good circulation of blood when you get enough sleep thus making your skin to look younger and beautiful.

Therefore good sleep is essential for your overall glowing skin

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6. Manage Stress

Stress is generally bad for you. it may result to high blood pressure which in the end may result to you not taking care of your skin.

Exercises, yoga and even dancing may help manage stress giving you that flawless skin.

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Risk of cancer from drinking one bottle of wine is same as smoking 10 cigarettes

Having one bottle of wine each week raises the risk of cancer by the same amount as smoking up to 10 cigarettes, scientists claim.

In the first study of its kind, academics managed to compare the known dangers of smoking to that of drinking too much.

They found the ‘cigarette equivalent’ of one bottle of wine – roughly 10 units – is five cigarettes for men or ten for women each week.

And the risk of cancer from downing three bottles of red or white wine each week, or 10 large glasses, is much higher.

Researchers at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Bangor University and University of Southampton carried out the study.

Dr Theresa Hydes and team estimated 10 in 1,000 men would develop cancer at some point in their lives from drinking one bottle of wine each week.

However, for women this figure was 14 out of 1,000, according to the study published in the journal BioMedCentral Public Health.

Men were more likely to get gastrointestinal cancers from drinking, while the risk of breast cancer was greatest for women.

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The risk was much higher for both men and women who drink three bottles of wine per week – more than double the recommended amount.

The study found 19 out of 1,000 men and 36 out of 1,000 women would eventually develop cancer if they drank this amount.

This carries the same risk as smoking eight cigarettes a week for men, or 23 a week for women, Dr Hydes and colleagues estimated.

The researchers did not estimate the risk of cancer from drinking beer because they went on units, not type of beverage.

Dr Hydes said: ‘We must be absolutely clear that this study is not saying that drinking alcohol in moderation is in any way equivalent to smoking.

‘Our finds relate to lifetime risk across the population. At an individual level, cancer risk represented by drinking or smoking will vary.

‘And for many individuals, the impact of ten units of alcohol (one bottle of wine) or five to ten cigarettes may be very different.’

Dr Hydes said comparing the risks of alcohol to smoking could encourage adults to cut down on booze.

She said: ‘It is well established that heavy drinking is linked to cancer of the mouth, throat, voice box, gullet, bowel, liver and breast.

‘Yet, in contrast to smoking, this is not widely understood by the public.

‘We hope by using cigarettes as the comparator we could communicate this message more effectively to help individuals make more informed lifestyle choices.’

The researchers used data available from Cancer Research UK and official statistic bodies used by nations in the UK, including ONS.

They were able to analyse what proportion of deaths can be attributed to smoking and alcohol, and then estimate the risk of cancer they both cause.

The NHS advise men and women not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis – such as weekly.

Regularly consuming more than the recommended amount is known to raise the risk of cancer, liver disease and heart disease.

A large glass of wine contains around three units, while a bottle is closer to the 10 mark. A pint of beer is around 2.3.

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Suicide does run in families – study

Highlights of the study

– Scientists think that whether or not someone can become suicidal is tied to their genes, environment and experience

– Previous studies have suggested, separately, that psychiatric disorders like bipolar disorder increases suicide risks and run in families

– New National Institutes of Health research found that families with a pattern of suicide attempts also tend to have social anxiety in common

– The researchers believe that these tendencies could help identify at-risk people who would otherwise slip between the cracks

Suicide may run in families that tend to suffer from mental illnesses, a new study finds.

The new study, conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), suggests that families in which social anxiety is more common may also be at greater risk for suicide attempts.

The researchers believe that this knowledge could help doctors catch at-risk individuals who might otherwise slip between the cracks of prevention efforts.

In the grander scheme of health research, it’s only recently that we have discovered that a handful of rare diseases are caused by a one or several specific genes.

And it is even more recently that we’ve begun to gain a rudimentary understanding of mental illness.

Suicide risks are still poorly understood and often overlooked.

As best we can tell, mental illnesses are predicated on a perfect storm of genetic and environmental factors.

The NIH recently discovered that major depression, bipolar disorder, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and schizophrenia all share some genes that put some at higher risk of the disorders than others.

And some of these mental disorders can be predictors of suicide attempt and death risks, too.

They also tend to run in families.

To investigate whether suicide runs in families, researchers at the NIH conducted the largest study to-date interviewing family members of 119 adults and their families about their histories of mental illness and suicide attempts and deaths.

Prior research has shown links between various psychiatric disorders and suicidal tendencies, and psychiatric disorders themselves do tend to run in families.

But the new study uncovered new patterns common to members of the same families.

The researchers found that when suicide seemed to run in a family, so did feelings of social anxiety – a trend that hadn’t been established previously.

Links between the two were even more potent when family members also had a psychiatric disorder, most notably, bipolar disorder.

These parallel tendencies suggested to the scientists that ‘people with these traits could have greater reactivity to social loss or disruption.’

Because social anxiety is fueled by difficulty processing negative emotions, the finding suggests that both shared social conditioning and inherited brain functions may be at play in introducing suicide risks into a family.

Or, these family members could have shared an outsize amount of trauma and stress in their shared pasts – making them more vulnerable to suicidal ideation.

Family patterns are hardly a one-size-fits-all diagnostic tool, however,  the researchers wrote.

On the other hand, their discovery suggested that including a finer analysis of family histories, personalities and experiences might help doctors catch individuals at-risk for suicide that otherwise would have slipped through the cracks.

‘The broader association of mental disorders with familial environment suggests that risk research that focuses solely on individual-level biomarkers, susceptibility genes, or neural architecture may be unable to identify suicide risk without accounting for the contextual association with vulnerability to proximal life challenges,’ they wrote.

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‘Words cannot describe the pain’ Ciru Muriuki on battling endometriosis

BBC reporter Ciru Muriuki has shared her battle with endometriosis.

This comes days after Janet Mbugua also shared her battle with the same condition.

Sharing a past photo of her Ciru says that its been years of pain.

This was me, after my first laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis cysts. It was two days before Christmas in 2017. Basically,what was happening was I was bleeding into my ovaries every time I had my period.

Words cannot describe the pain. It sometimes takes years for endometriosis to be definitively diagnosed because women are told that pain is part of being a woman.

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But here’s the thing. Terrible pain during your period is not normal. A prolonged, heavy period is not normal. A period that interferes with your daily routine is not normal.

Endometriosis has no cure. We need to push for more research into this terrible disease. #periodmatters #endowarrior #endometriosisawareness #yellowforendo #donotsufferinsilence #KnowEndo

 

She adds

The thing about endometriosis is that it stays with you every day. Even if you’re not in pain, there’s the fatigue. I wish I could describe how tired I get.

Then you dread your period. The horrible pain. The nausea.

The sweating. The vomiting. The constipation or diarrhea. Being scared of soiling yourself because of your heavy flow. None of this is normal. We need a cure.

Endometriosis  is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus.

Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs.

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‘It was hard’ Lilian Muli opens up about battling post natal depression

Lilian Muli has admitted that during her first pregnancy she went through post natal depression something that saw her lose a lot of weight.

Every woman who has been through pregnancy will tell you losing baby fat is no child’s play but for Lilian the weight kept shedding off .

To others it was a sign of ‘hard work’ but for Lilian it was a cause for alarm.

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She went on to add that people thought that she was intentionally losing weight:

I didn’t look nice by the way, but everyone was like how did you lose after having a baby?

What a lot of people did not know was that the birth of my first child took a toll on me emotionally and mentally.

So I went through an episode of post-natal depression so I could not eat, I could not function.

It was hard for me.

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She adds that it at that tough time in her life that the idea of ‘Slim Possible ‘ was born

When I finally got over that I got into that serious healthy eating program and I really watched how I ate and worked out religiously.

So when I walked into Citizen TV my boss was like ´Hold up, how old is your baby?´

And he asked ´How are you this tiny?´

So I told him about my depression and my deliberate decision to put on weight.

And then he said ´Okay fine, you are the person we have been looking for.´

And so…Slim possible was born.

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Easy eggplant and courgette fried rice recipe

Most of us grew up knowing that rice should be cooked alone and should be clean white, well that has to change . Don’t take boring rice again. We have the best fried rice recipe. Easy and healthy.

Ingredients

Cooking oil

2 cups of rice

1 eggplant

1 courgette

thumb size turmeric piece (Grind)

3 cloves of garlic(Grind)

Rosemary

coriander stems

1 Onion

Directions

  1. Boil the rice till cooked. Meanwhile prepare the above vegetables for cooking
  2. In another Sufuria heat the oil, put in the onions, coriander stems, rosemary , ground Garlic and ground turmeric. Stir till fragrant.
  3. Add the cut egg plant and courgette. The smaller you cut your eggplant and courgette the faster they cook. Make sure they are well cooked.
  4. Add the cooked rice in and stir until the rice is completely covered with the colour of the turmeric and the all other ingredients.
  5. Serve with love.

This rice can be served with kenyan kachumbari and can also be served with our steak recipe that is bellow.

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Daily glass of orange juice cuts the risk of deadly stroke

Drinking a glass of orange juice each day may cut the risk of deadly strokes by almost a quarter, a major study suggests.

Volunteers who downed a juice a day saw their risk of a brain clot drop by 24 per cent, according to the decade-long trial.

Researchers in the Netherlands say it’s not just orange juice that has the benefit, other fruit juices also appear to cut the risk.

Fresh fruit juices have long been thought of as healthy. But consumers in recent years have been put off by warnings over their high sugar content.

As a result, UK sales have fallen steadily from a peak in 2011 of over one billion litres a year to just under 900m in 2017.

But the latest study suggests the health benefits in terms of stroke prevention could outweigh the risks from sugar content.

The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition is a major long-running study investigating the influence of diet on a wide range of illnesses.

Scientists at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, in Bilthoven, tracked nearly 35,000 men and women aged between 20 and 70 for almost 15 years.

They looked at how self-reported consumption of fruit juices compared with the numbers of strokes over that period.

Their results, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, showed four to eight glasses a week of orange or any other fruit juice cut stroke risk by almost a quarter.

Even a glass every other day had significant benefits – lowering risk by 20 per cent.

Rates of heart disease were also reduced in regular drinkers, who were 12 to 13 per cent less likely to suffer with damaged arteries.

Juice is thought to contain many of the naturally-occurring plant substances found in whole fruit that can protect blood vessels against disease.

Strokes kill around 200 people every day in the UK. Many more are left disabled and living in fear that a second or even third attack could kill them.

It’s estimated to cost the NHS £2.3billion a year to treat and look after those lucky enough to survive.

Around 85 per cent of victims are affected by ischaemic strokes, where a clot travels to the brain and shuts off its blood supply.

The rest are called haemorrhagic strokes, where a blood vessel bursts in the brain, causing potentially fatal bleeding.

Scientists behind the study said despite the obvious benefits of juice, they would still recommend eating whole fruit as well, as there are more studies confirming its benefits.

In a report on the findings they said: ‘We found a favorable association with pure fruit juice consumption.

‘But for now, consumption of whole fruit should be preferred because the evidence of the health benefits is more conclusive.’

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Sugary drinks fuel cancer by speeding up tumors growth

Sugar could be fuelling cancer by speeding up the growth of tumours in the body, according to a new study.

Scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, found that mice consuming high-fructose corn syrup, used in biscuits, ice cream and energy drinks, saw intestinal tumours grow faster.

The amount was said to be the equivalent of people drinking about 12 ounces of a sugary drink a day.

Dr Lewis Cantley, a co-author of the study from Weill Cornell Medicine, said: ‘This observation in animal models might explain why increased consumption of sweet drinks and other foods with high sugar content over the past 30 years is correlating with an increase in colorectal cancers in 25 to 50-year-olds in the United States.’

An understanding of how sugar feeds cancer may also lead to a new approach to treatment, the study’s scientists suggested.

However, some experts have warned that the mechanism had been demonstrated in mice genetically engineered to be prone to cancer, and may not translate into humans.

Michael Skilton from the University of Sydney, who was not involved in the study, told The Times that he was impressed by the research but warned that the findings could not readily be applied to humans.

He said: ‘Irrespective of whether these sweeteners are having a direct effect on tumour development and growth, people wising to reduce their likelihood of developing cancer should limit their intake.’

Lead author Dr. Marcus D. Goncalves said: ‘We were not able to show that giving high-fructose corn syrup causes new tumours because these mice develop tumours even on normal diets free of added sugar.

‘But when you give them this additional sugar, the tumours grow much bigger,’ he added.

The study was published March 22 in the print issue of Science.

– Daily Mail

Recipe: Lemon and ginger cake

Baking cake so that you can enjoy it with your family for breakfast is a brilliant idea. We have an easy cake recipe. You don’t need to have taken baking classes to make this one. It’s easy and full of flavor.

Ingredients

250g ginger biscuit

75g brown unsalted butter

2 litres vanilla ice cream

Zest and juice of 5 lemons

Green good colour

400g whipped cream

75g icing sugar

Zest of 5 limes

Directions

  1. Blitz biscuits in a food processor or use a rolling pin to bash them to small pieces. Add melted butter until you have a breadcrumb – like mixture. Press this firmly down into a 19 cm cake tin, preferably with a loose bottom and place it in the freezer.
  2. Meanwhile, beat the 2 liters of the vanilla ice cream in a food mixer for 5 mins. Add the zest and juice of 5 lemons and a few drops of green food color if you want a slightly greener effect. Pour the ice cream into the biscuits base and place back in the freezer for at least 6 hours.
  3. Beat the cream and icing sugar until you have soft peaks. Remove the cake from the freezer and spread the cream on top. Return it to the freezer until you’re ready to serve!
  4. Sprinkle the lime zest of the 5 limes in the cake before serving. Use a sharp knife and a strong arm to cut through.

Drinking CHAI MOTO doubles your risk of developing tumors in the oesophagus

Highlights of the study

– People who drink hot tea at 60°C or higher saw their risk rise by 90 per cent

– The largest study of its kind followed 50,000 people over around a decade

– Scalding water may damage the lining of the food pipe, causing tumours

Drinking piping hot tea or coffee could more than double the risk of developing cancer, research has warned.

People who regularly consume their tea at 60°C (140°F) or higher see their risk of gullet cancer rise by 90 per cent.

But letting a cup of freshly boiled tea to cool down for several minutes before drinking it could help.

The study, led by Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran, adds to an array of research linking hot drinks to the disease.

But this is the first time the link has been found in a large-scale study which has followed people for a long time.

Scalding water irritates the lining of the mouth and throat which can fuel tumours, scientists believe.

Oesophageal cancer is the eighth most common cause of cancer worldwide and one of the main causes of cancer death.

The researchers said their findings based on tea will apply to other hot beverages, including coffee or hot chocolate.

Published in the International Journal of Cancer, the study looked at the drinking habits of 50,045 people aged 40 to 75 who lived in north-eastern Iran.

During a follow-up period from 2004 to 2017, 317 new cases of oesophageal cancer – also known as cancer of the food pipe – were identified.

The risk of oesophageal cancer rose to 2.4 times among those who regularly drank it at 75°C (167°F).

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