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The Killer Quintet

Morgan Mkhatshwa

 

Two years ago, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Medical Council described the increase in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) as an ‘emerging epidemic’ and the ‘biggest threat to South Africa’s health’.

NCDs are associated with the way a person or group of people live, which is why they are called lifestyle diseases. They include atherosclerosis, heart disease and stroke, obesity and type 2 diabetes as well as diseases associated with smoking, alcohol and drug abuse.

 

 

 

 

 

These diseases used to be prevalent mostly in higher income brackets but not anymore, they are wreaking havoc amongst all South Africans. The good news is that the damage resulting from unhealthy lifestyles can be stemmed.

Dr Morgan Mkhatshwa, Head of Operations at Bonitas Medical Fund talks about the top five lifestyle diseases and the effect they have on our bodies.

 

 

 

 

1. Lack of exercise

Not having enough exercise is a major cause of NCDs and chronic disease. Exercise can help reduce or prevent certain NCDs and chronic diseases..

Regular aerobic exercise may delay or prevent type 2 diabetes and has benefits for type 1 diabetes as well. Resistance training for type 2 diabetes results in a leaner body mass, blood sugar and blood pressure control.
Heart disease – reduces cardiovascular risk factors including increasing HDL (good cholesterol) while offsetting LDL (bad) cholesterol and reducing blood pressure
Cancer – can reduce the risk of several cancers including breast, colorectal, endometrial, kidney, liver, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, gastric and oesophageal cancer

 

2. Stress

Your stress response is controlled by your hypothalamus, a tiny control tower in your brain. Stress hormones are sent out which trigger your body’s fight or flight response. Your heart may start beating faster, you breathe more quickly and your muscles tense ready for action. All good in an emergency but if it keeps firing all day it could put your health at serious risk.

Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Smoking

Thousands of people die every year from cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart attacks and strokes because of cigarette smoking. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s never too late to quit. Within 12 hours after your last cigarette your body will begin to heal itself. The levels of carbon monoxide and nicotine in your system will decline rapidly and your heart and lungs will begin repairing the damage caused by cigarette smoke.

Your risk of lung cancer starts to decline a year after you quit and, by the time you’ve been a non-smoker for 10 or 15 years, your risk of cancer is about the same as for people who have never smoked.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Alcohol

Over time, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, digestive problems, cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, oesophagus, voice box, liver, colon and rectum.

 

 

 

 

Alcohol affects the body is a multitude of ways including:

The pancreas causing pancreatitis – alcohol-related liver disease and chronic liver inflammation which result in either low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) too much sugar in the blood (hyperglycaemia) and may end up with complications related to diabetes
Your central nervous system – over time it affects your memory, ability to make rational choices and think clearly. Chronic heavy drinking can cause permanent brain damage

 

 

Your digestive system – over time, the tissues in your digestive tract get damaged and you can’t absorb nutrients properly, this results in malnutrition

 

 

Circulatory system – chronic drinking can affect your heart and lungs, giving rise to complications like high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat leading to heart attack and stroke and heart failure
Skeletal and muscle systems –can affect bone density and increase your risk of fractures as well as muscle weakness and atrophy
Immune system – drinking heavily reduces your body’s natural immune system which makes you more likely to develop pneumonia and tuberculosis

 

 

 

 

 

5. Poor nutrition

Poor eating habits include under or over-eating, not having enough of the healthy foods we need each day or consuming too many types of food and drink. Unhealthy eating habits can affect our nutrient intake, including energy (kilojoules) protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals as well as fibre and fluid.

This can cause obesity, which the World Health Organization (WHO), says has reached epidemic proportions globally; diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, osteoporosis and cancer. All forms of malnutrition have become one of the biggest health problems globally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By modifying your behaviour and adopting a healthier lifestyle damage can be curbed, you can improve both the quality of your life and your longevity.

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UN says an Israeli soldier killed Al Jazeera journalist

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe

 

 

UN says an Israeli soldier killed Al Jazeera journalist

The United Nations says it has strong evidence that the Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, killed in the West Bank in May, was hit by a bullet from an Israeli soldier.

This emerged from an analysis of video footage and the questioning of witnesses and experts, a spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Commission said on Friday.

 

 

 

 

“We have found no information suggesting that there was activity by armed Palestinians in the immediate vicinity of the journalists,’’ a spokeswoman for the UN Human Rights Commission said after the analysis of video footage and questioning of witnesses and experts.

The journalist was killed during an Israeli military operation in Jenin in the northern West Bank.

 

 

 

 

Her death and ensuing police violence at her funeral in Jerusalem caused international outrage.

According to the Israeli army, it is not clear where the fatal shot came from.

 

 

 

UN Human Rights Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet called on the Israeli authorities to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the incident, the spokesperson said.

She added that this also applied to the total of 58 Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers since the beginning of the year, according to the UN’s count.

 

 

 

 

“Perpetrators must be held to account,’’ she said.

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Another Big Name Signing For Sportsbet.Io As Cassper Nyovest Joins The Team

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Another Big Name Signing For Sportsbet.Io As Cassper Nyovest Joins The Team

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Another Big Name Signing For Sportsbet.Io As Cassper Nyovest Joins The Team

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Sportsbet.io has signed up another major Global Ambassador, this time adding South African rapper and entrepreneur Cassper Nyovest to the team.

Known for hits including Siyathandana, Cassper Nyovest signs on an initial two-year deal where he will help showcase the money-can’t-buy experiences Sportsbet.io users regularly enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Players who join Cassper Nyovest at Sportsbet.io can bet on thousands of sporting events around the world, and get the chance to land special prizes like VIP trips to Premier League matches.

Cassper Nyovest, Global Ambassador for Sportsbet.io, said: “I bet at Sportsbet.io not only because I can use crypto, but also because no other site treats its players better. I’m excited to work closely with the team to showcase the bonuses and promotions on offer. This is the start of something big.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albert Climent, Head of Africa at Sportsbet.io, said: “Welcome to the Sportsbet.io team, Cassper Nyovest. You are a legend of African hip hop and, like us, you’re always a step ahead of the competition. We’re looking forward to welcoming Cassper’s fans from around the world to our community, where fun, fast and fair betting is only a click away.”

The signing of Cassper Nyovest completes a hat-trick of hip hop legends at Sportsbet.io, after King Kaka and Tekno Miles both joined the team earlier this year.

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South African Hip-Hop Legend Cassper Nyovest Joins Bitcasino

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South African Hip-Hop Legend Cassper Nyovest Joins Bitcasino

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South African Hip-Hop Legend Cassper Nyovest Joins Bitcasino

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One of the biggest names in African hip hop, Cassper Nyovest, has joined as the latest superstar ambassador at the world’s favourite crypto casino, Bitcasino.

Cassper Nyovest will rep Bitcasino for an initial two years as a Global Ambassador, having made a name for himself not only as a rapper, but also an entrepreneur, record producer and even part-time boxer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

He’ll be showing fans across the world how to join the crypto revolution with Bitcasino, where players can enjoy thousands of exciting casino games with a range of cryptocurrencies, including heavyweights like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Cassper Nyovest, Global Ambassador for Bitcasino, said: “I’ve got to where I am today by hustling and making smart decisions, and that’s why I play at Bitcasino. These guys know how to treat their players, and are setting the standard for crypto gaming. It’s the only choice for me.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tauri Tiitsaar, Director of Casino at Yolo Group, said: “Like Cassper Nyovest, Bitcasino players enjoy the finer things in life, and that’s why we work so hard to offer the best rewards and promotions to our players. By choosing crypto and Bitcasino alongside Cassper, you’ll have access to more games and more chances to win than ever before.”

Cassper Nyovest is the latest big name ambassador to join Team Bitcasino, following the signings of King Kaka and Tekno Miles earlier this year.

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