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Dr Lawrence Ofori-Boadu, Head of Emergency Department, Tema General
Hospital (TGH), has advised the public especially those aged 35 years and above
not to overly stress themselves.

Dr Ofori-Boadu
warns that over stressing oneself during that age gap could result in being
hypertensive and acquiring its related sicknesses including stroke.

He gave the
advice on Sunday when he educated members of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana
(PCG) Redemption Congregation at Tema Community Nine, on hypertension and
diabetes as the church marked its annual ‘Health Sunday’ service.

He noted that
it was unfortunate that people aged between 35 to 45 years were over stressing
themselves over meeting personal high targets such as building houses,
acquiring cars, and paying huge school fees.

According to
him, due to such targets, people over worked themselves without resting
increasing their stress level, adding that “over stressing ourselves can kill
us”.

He revealed
that stress was the leading cause of stroke among young adults stressing that
“when you cross 35 to 40, you don’t have to stress yourself again, leave the
stress for the younger ones, they can withstand it”.

Dr Ofori-Boadu,
who is also the Session Clerk of the Church, reminded the public that the aged
had a higher chance of surviving stroke but the younger ones often die when
attacked by stroke.

He explained
that the aged often had the strokes associated with clotting in the brain which
can easily be corrected but most of the time, the younger ones suffer from
hemorrhagic stroke which is caused by the rapture of a blood vessel inside the
brain.

He further
stated that other risk factors of stroke included high cholesterol, smoking,
consuming of fatty foods, diabetes, and alcohol consumption.

He advised the
public to regularly check their blood pressure, weight, blood level, sugar
level among others, highlighting that the elderly must have checkups at least
every three months while the younger ones should do same at least every six
months.

The TGH
Emergency head also reiterated the need to desist from the consumption of fatty
and junk foods but rather take in more fruits, vegetables, water and green
leafy foods, as well as exercise daily for at least 30 minutes.

Touching on
diabetes, he said children can develop juvenile diabetes when they put on too
much weight reminding parents that when children take in too much sugar, it
become accumulated fat in the body which when not burnt can lead to excess
weight gain.

He mentioned
that some of the symptoms of diabetes included extreme hunger, increased
thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision, fatigue, and sores that does not
heal, among others.

Dr Ofori-Boadu
reminded Ghanaians that diabetes and hypertension were very common in Africa
therefore the need to check and change the negative lifestyles that exposes
them to attracting such diseases.

Mrs Florence
Akrofi, Senior Presbyter of the Church, said PCG deemed it fit to have a health
Sunday to promote good health practices among the congregation adding that it
was their wish that Christians would be in good health just as they grew
spiritually.

Mrs Akrofi
added that the church would subsequently organize frequent free health
screening for members to check their health status.

Source: GNA



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