GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> Healthcare, Fitness and Medicine

 
  Share

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 7, 2018:  Doctors at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) discussed women's health issues to mark International Women's Day, which takes place every year on the 8th of March.

Doctors from Dubai Health Authority highlighted that despite massive advances in maternal health; one of the biggest challenge facing women of childbearing age in this region is obesity.

Dr Muna Tahlak, CEO of Latifa Hospital, said: “Many women are now benefitting from massive improvements in care during pregnancy and childbirth introduced in the last century. Advances in gynaecological fields including laparoscopy and fertility treatments have presented various advanced treatment options that were not available previously. However, as gynaecologists the biggest challenge in terms of women's health in our region is the high prevalence of obesity. Obesity really affects a woman's health in many ways; it can cause fertility issues and complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Despite advances in fertility treatments, sadly rising obesity rates around the world have had a negative impact on female reproductive health.”

The hospital sees a high number of patients who are overweight or obese at the time they come for pre-pregnancy counselling.

Dr Amal Al Qedrah, Consultant gynaecologist and infertility specialist at Latifa Hospital, said: “It is not uncommon to see patients who weigh 80 to 90 kilos before their pregnancy; we even have patients who weigh more than 100 kilos and approach us for fertility counselling. If a woman's BMI is 35 or above, we do not offer any fertility options because there are many risks associated with pregnancy when the mother is obese. Therefore, the first thing we do is device a comprehensive lifestyle modification plan for her that includes consumption of healthy food and regular exercise. In many cases, weight loss itself can solve several fertility problems such as irregular periods etc. and helps boost fertility as it regulates the hormones in the body.  Women's bodies need to be at an appropriate weight to produce the right amount of hormones and regulate ovulation and menstruation.”

Al Mulla added that certain fertility medicines can cause weight gain and therefore more often than not, the first line of treatment is always weight loss through lifestyle modification.

Al Qedrah added that women who have polycystic ovaries are at a higher risk of putting on weight and they need to take extra care to ensure they do not pile on the pounds. “In the case of polycystic ovaries, it is a vicious cycle, the disease causes weight gain and weight gain can cause the disease. Therefore, for such patients, we recommend going on a diet, which is low in processed foods and sugars and we recommend weight training at least three times a week to help regulate the hormones and ovaries.  It is a known fact that weight reduction enhances reproductive outcomes.”

She added that according to several international studies, women who are overweight or obese have less chance of getting pregnant overall. “They are also more likely than women of healthy weight to take more than a year to get pregnant. Those, who get pregnant, need to follow their antenatal plan carefully to prevent complications during pregnancy and childbirth. We advise them to eat healthy foods during pregnancy and limit their weight gain to only 12 to 15 kilos during pregnancy. This is because the risk of overweight and obese women developing gestational (pregnancy related) diabetes is much higher than women who have a healthy weight. The risk of pre-eclampsia also increases in overweight and obese women.”

She added that obesity increases the chances of having a C-section delivery by 20 per cent.

She said that obesity can also aggravate symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, stress urinary incontinence and increase the risk of endometrial polyps and symptomatic fibroids.  Obesity is also linked to a higher chance of developing several diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease etc.

Dr Waffa Ayesh, Director of Nutrition at the DHA, said: “A BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered ‘overweight' and a BMI over 30 is considered ‘obese'. Ideally, women should aim to achieve a BMI in the range of 19 to 24. Weight loss is linked to lifestyle and daily habits and while nutritionists and doctors can provide all the right knowledge and information, at the end of the day, it boils down to whether the patient is ready to make the changes needed to achieve the desired results.”



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 8723 times
Posted on : Wednesday, March 7, 2018  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : Sleep deprivation in children can lead to obesity and diabetes
Next Story : Ministry of Health & Prevention issues circular directing all doctors to issue electronic printed me...
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Bhima Jewellers inaugurates new store in Rolla, Sharjah
Mouawad Acquires The 51.38 Carat Dynasty Diamond From ALROSA
Panasonic's latest LUMIX DMC-TZ220 is the Ultimate Travel Companion
Summer Spirit
Instantly Refreshed Hair with HASK
Joyalukkas brings joy to hundreds around the world with summer gold bar giveaway
How to choose the right mascara
Kaya Skin Clinic's Expertise is pushing the Boundaries of Botox
Tissot Chrono XL NBA Team Collection Sporty Gets Smart
Build Your Perfect Skincare Routine with Essentials from Glambeaute.com
Hour Choice presents Coach Astor Collection
Joyalukkas adds a new destination for jewellery lovers in Al-Balad, Jeddah, KSA
Taresh Al Hashimi's Oud Concert Brings Stories from the UAE's Coast to Brazil
Creating #futureclassic: Swatch Launches Skin Irony Collection
Transform your look with the ‘Perfect Brows'
FALL 2018
Delicious Whole Cakes at Sophie's Café from AED99
13 Emirati Authors Launched into the Portuguese Book Market
Dual Front Camera and Artificial Intelligence Power the Next Generation Super Selfies
Head to Modhesh World for Summer Fun Before the School Run
Ferrari introduces the world's first low-bake paint technology
“The world is thirsty for an Arab superhero"
Huawei Consumer Business Group Announces 2018 H1 Business Results
Favourite florals: Bloom with our top floral picks from bebe
Scuderia Ferrari presents ASPIRE collection
Business Wear by Hugo Boss
This Eid gift your someone special from the Hour Choice Eid Special collections.
Introducing the GUESS Jeans Fall 2018 Collection
Never Run Out of Space for Those Joyful Summer Holiday Memories With Western Digital
The Marriott International cyclist team completes 600km R2A cycle challenge
Carl F. Bucherer Presents Adamavi Collection
Carl F. Bucherer's Global Brand Ambassador Li Bingbing and Her Carl F. Bucherer ...
This Eid gift your someone special from the Hour Choice Eid Special collections
Joyalukkas opens newest showroom in Kuwait at Farwaniya
The Rado HyperChrome Ultra Light
Calligraphy, etching and Palestinian embroidery: Learn it all at Tashkeel this S...
Cerruti 1881 MOLVENO timepiece and cufflinks
‘The Little Things' That Makes Summer All The More Enjoyable
Garment Grooming at its Finest with Champion Cleaners
Dubai Land Department supports strategic alliance between the UAE and China
Sharjah Takes ‘Year of Zayed' Celebrations beyond Borders
MEFMA reaffirms commitment to promote entrepreneurship & innovation across local...
The 2nd Edition of the Phanes Group Solar Incubator set to kick off 7th August 2018
Danube Properties' Dh550 million Lawnz project at International City, sold out i...
Big Android Breakthrough: Huawei's power packed GPU Turbo upgrade will turn you...
Emirates Intellectual Property Association leads unified efforts to promote adop...
The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry discusses cooperation with Malaysia
du LaLiga HPC Top Talents Arrive in Spain for 21-day Annual Scouting Camp
Hilton Launches New Platform Dedicated to Offering Guests Bespoke, Unforgettable...
Celebrate India's Independence Day with Sparkles of India