Crested Cranes held by Namibia in COSAFA

first_img Tags: 2018 COSAFA Women’s championshipcrested cranestop Hassifah Nassuna (right) in action against Namibia on Saturday (photo by FUFA media)COSAFA Women’s Championship 2018Namibia 0-0 UgandaWolfson Stadium, Port ElizabethSaturday, 15-09-2018PORT ELIZABETH – The Crested Cranes were held to a goalless draw by Namibia in their second game of the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship.Coming off a seven goal thriller victory over Swaziland, Faridah Bulega’s side was expected to take care of a Namibia side that was yet to register a point in the competition but it was not to be the case as the South Africans frustrated them throughout the 90 minutes.After the arrival of six more players a day before the game, Bulega made five changes to the team that started against Swaziland including handing defender Aisha Namukisa and midfielder Shamira Nalujja their national team debuts.Namukisa started in place of Bridget Nabisaalu while Nalujja replaced Riticia Nabbosa who started on the bench.The other changes in the team saw Grace Aluka start at left back with Viola Namuddu who played in the position against Swaziland moving back to her usual right back slot and team captain Tracy Jones Akiror returning to the midfield.16 year old Mutuuzo who had a scintillating performance at the just concluded CECAFA Women’s Championship in Rwanda also returned to the starting lineup replacing Norah Alupo. The other change saw Phiona Nabbumba pave way for towering Shadia Nankya in defence.Despite efforts to secure maximum points, Namibia were resilient enough to deny the Crested Cranes while on the other hand, shot stopper Ruth Aturo made fine saves to register a clean sheet.A point off Namibia means Uganda moved to four points after two games with the final group game against log leaders Zimbabwe slated for Monday.The Crested Cranes IX that Started against Namibia: Ruth Aturo, Viola Namuddu, Grace Aluka,Shadia Nankya,Shamira Nalujja, Tracy Jones Akiror,Lilian Mutuuzo(Norah Alupo),Shamira Nalujja, Resty Nanziri(Phiona Nabbumba),Hasifa Nassuna(Juliet Nalukenge), Zaina NamulemenComments last_img read more

Drinking recommended amount of milk could protect obese children against metabolic syndrome

first_imgMay 25 2018Obese children who consume at least two servings of any type of cow’s milk daily are more likely to have lower fasting insulin, indicating better blood sugar control, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).The findings of the study, to be presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna tomorrow (Friday, 25 May), reiterate the importance of milk in the child’s diet despite its declining consumption.”Our findings indicate that obese children who consume at least the daily recommended amount of milk may have more favorable sugar handling and this could help guard against metabolic syndrome,” said Michael Yafi, M.D., the study’s first author and professor of pediatrics at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. “Worryingly, only one in 10 young people in our study were consuming the recommended amount of milk.”Milk consumption in America has consistently fallen over the past few decades, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, especially among adolescents where it has dropped by nearly half – to less than a cup daily – between 1977 and 2006.”Parents have started to look at milk not as a good thing and they are wary of it. The message to them is not to be scared of milk, or to limit its consumption, and to encourage children of all ages to keep drinking it freely,” said Mona Eissa, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., the study’s principal investigator and professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.Metabolic syndrome is defined as the presence of at least three of five conditions that increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke – high levels of blood sugar or triglycerides, high blood pressure, excess belly fat, and low “good” cholesterol levels. A third of American children and teens are overweight or obese, which is closely linked to the development of metabolic syndrome.Previous studies have shown that milk protects against metabolic syndrome and diabetes in adults, but this is the first to explore these factors among obese children.”The findings that milk has a healthy effect on high insulin level, which may lead to type 2 diabetes, are significant, particularly given the growing prevalence of this condition among children nowadays,” said Eissa, corresponding author.The investigators assessed daily milk intake and its association with fasting levels of insulin – the hormone that stabilizes blood sugar and a biomarker for metabolic syndrome risk – in obese children and adolescents attending a pediatric weight management clinic.Related StoriesNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careNew curriculum to improve soft skills in schools boosts children’s health and behaviorResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeThey carried out a retrospective chart review of 353 obese children and adolescents over a two-year period (between December 2008 and December 2010). Information on fasting serum insulin was available for nearly half of the participants at their first visit. The research team also recorded information on daily milk intake, milk types, daily fruit juice and other sugary drinks intake, fasting blood glucose and insulin sensitivity.More than half of the participants, all between the ages of 3 and 18, were male; three quarters were Hispanics; and the average age was 11.3 years.On average only 23 of 171 children reported drinking the daily recommended intake of two to three cups. Girls reported drinking less milk than boys, but no difference in intake was noted by ethnicity.The American Academy of Pediatrics and the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise two to three cups of low fat milk (1 percent or 2 percent) a day for children over the age of 2.The study also found that under half (44 percent) of children who reported drinking less than one cup a day had below the upper normal levels of fasting insulin, compared to almost three-quarters (72 percent) of children who reported drinking more than two cups a day.Overall, children who drank less than one cup of milk each day had significantly higher levels of fasting insulin than those who drank at least two cups a day.After adjusting for other aspects that might affect insulin levels, including race, ethnicity, gender, level of physical activity, sugary drinks intake, glucose levels and type of milk based on fat content, the researchers found lower fasting insulin levels among children who drank at least two cups of milk a day. No association was noted between milk intake and blood glucose or lipid levels.”The link between sugary drinks and childhood obesity is well-documented. Vitamin D deficiency has also been connected to this. By contrast, from a preventive perspective, our pilot study suggests that milk intake is not only safe but also may protect against development of metabolic syndrome,” Eissa said. “Yet fewer children are drinking enough, especially with growing concerns over fat content and dairy intolerance. Only a small percentage of children are actually intolerant to milk so parents shouldn’t be afraid of milk or cut back on it.”Eissa said since the sample size was relatively small and includes mostly Hispanic children, future studies should be done to confirm findings.”Nonetheless this still presents reasonable grounds to stick with the recommended daily amount and to make friends again with milk,” Eissa added. Source: read more