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How do I avoid balding?

Sun Doc All my uncles are bald, and I’m afraid that I will end up just like them. Is there any way I can avoid going down the same road? Felix

Dear Felix

By age 50, half of all men have some hair loss. Male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia occurs due to male sex hormones called androgens and also due to genetics, especially if the men on the mother’s side of the family have it. Hair has a growth cycle, and when the cycle ends, the hair falls off, and new hair starts to grow from the hair follicle.

Androgens have many functions in the body, and one of them is regulating hair growth. With male pattern baldness, the hair follicle shrinks, and produces hair that is shorter and finer/thinner, and eventually, no more hair grows. The thinning and balding may be on the sides or on the top of the head, and it may be limited to a particular area or spread to include the whole head.

There is no way to effectively prevent male pattern baldness, though you may be able to delay it a bit by managing stress. Stress usually increases the levels of the androgen hormones that contribute to baldness. Once it starts to happen, the best thing is to just accept it. If you have a skillful barber, he can come up with creative hairstyles to make your hair look thicker and fuller, and to hide the hair loss. Some medications like minoxidil cream can slow down hair loss and stimulate the growth of new hair.

Finasteride tablets, which block the androgen hormones, also slow down the hair loss. Both of these medications should be prescribed by and monitored by a doctor, because they can have severe side effects. It takes between three months to one year for the effects of the medications to be seen. Hair transplants can also be done, transferring hair from the areas with active growth and planting it in the areas with hair loss. This however, comes with the risk of scarring and infection at the site. To avoid these risks, some men opt to use wigs or weaves to cover up the hair loss. Good luck. SUN DOCTOR THIS WEEK: Dr Spasoje Radovanovic, Derma Plus Clinic Send your medical questions to sun@guardiansun.co.bw or ngoma@guardiansun.co.bw for absolutely free expert advice.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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