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Dr. Emmanuel Akatibo cautions unhealthy use of aphrodisiacs that’ll affect kidneys

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Young people are being encouraged to make conscious efforts towards living healthy lifestyles. This would include eating healthy foods, exercising regularly and avoiding the use of unregulated, unchecked aphrodisiacs. 

Dr. Emmanuel Akatibo, a Physician Specialist at the Upper East Regional Hospital shared these concerns when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today, Wednesday, January 18, 2023. 

Dr. Akatibo’s advice was to help young people prevent damage to their kidneys. 

“Young people must live healthy lifestyles. You shouldn’t just walk into gatherings or the lorry station for example and somebody would walk to you and can convince you that if you take these medications, this is what is going to help you do. Let’s stop it. It would give us complications later in life. The aphrodisiacs that we mix with other medications to show  women that, yes, we are men, aren’t good. It is damaging your kidneys. You wouldn’t know until 5 years to 10 years when it has began to show,” he said. 

Dr. Akatibo noted that people who have been diagnosed with diseases like diabetes and hypertension must have a keen awareness of their health in order to avoid aggravating their symptoms or predisposing them to other conditions, particularly those linked to kidney failure.

“Don’t underestimate them [the diseases]. Please talk to a doctor. Let them help you to manage it very well to prevent the complication that would come on later in life. If you do have any form of kidney disease, and it can turn into the end form of kidney disease, it is very important that you pay attention to your doctors so that we can keep it where it is. It shouldn’t progress.”

“A healthy lifestyle is key to preventing most of these diseases,” he said. 

Dr. Akatibo is leading an advocacy effort for the establishment of a dialysis centre in the Upper East Region. 

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana



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