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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Coffee and Tea may Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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Consuming coffee and tea effectively reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Studies done by researchers from Australia found, the more coffee you consume, the lower your risk of diabetes. Every cup of coffee equivalent to a reduction in diabetes risk by 7 percent.

Evidences show that consumption of coffee, including decaffeinated coffee, and tea separately associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. To study the relationship between coffee, decaffeinated coffee and tea with risk of diabetes, Rachel Huxley from The George Institute for International Health at the University of Sydney and her friends review of 18 studies have been done previously with the involvement of 457.922 participants. Six of the study involves information regarding the consumption of decaffeinated coffee, while the other 7 information involves drinking tea.

Researchers found that those who drank 3-4 cups of coffee a day have 25 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes than those who did not drink or who drank up to 2 cups of coffee a day. Decaffeinated coffee and tea also showed positive results. Those who drank 3-4 cups of no caffeine coffee per day had a risk of 1 / 3 times smaller than those suffering from diabetes who did not drink coffee. Those who drank 3-4 cups of tea a day had a risk of 1 / 5 times lower than those suffering from diabetes who did not drink tea.

Previously, the caffeine content in coffee is believed to be the source of the positive benefits of coffee. But now researchers have started to reveal that other components, such as magnesium, lignans and chlorogenic acid also played a part. These components, according to Huxley, is useful in regulating blood sugar levels and insulin secretion. This study adds to evidence that diet and lifestyle is an important determinant of diabetes risk further. Although it is still too early to recommend the addition of tea and coffee intake as a way of preventing diabetes, if the findings are confirmed by clinical experiments, then the subsequent identification of the protective components in these beverages could open new therapeutic pathways in primary prevention of type 2 diabetes.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Benefits of Vitamin K and Its Sources

Friday, January 13, 2012
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When getting hurt, what makes the blood stop slowly? Vitamin K! Imagine if the body lacks of vitamin K, to be sure the consistency of blood flow in the body will be disturbed and when the condition of a lot of blood coming out, the body will be difficult to freeze it.

There are several types of vitamin K include vitamin K1 (phylloquinone), which is the type produced by plants, vitamin K2 (menaquinone) the type generated from the good bacteria in the digestive system, and the last is the type of menadione or vitamin K3 which is vitamin-made for those who unable to absorb it from food.

One's needs for vitamin K are diverse, according to the standard RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance), vitamin K a person needs depends on their weight. For adults, it takes at least 1 micro gram per day per kg of body weight.

Source of vitamin K
1. Types of green vegetables which have abundant leaves, like spinach, as well as asparagus and cabbage can be an option.
2. Various types of healthy drinks, such as cow's milk, soy milk, and green tea.
3. Types of foods that contain pro biotic bacteria healthy-active, for example yoghurt.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Acupuncture Therapy is Safe for Children

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
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The traditional method of acupuncture is declared safe and allowed its application in children, when performed by a trained practitioner, Canadian researchers said on Monday (21/11), in the online journal Pediatrics.

Researchers at the University of Alberta previously been monitoring data from 37 studies of acupuncture needles for 60 years in children since birth until the age of 17 years. They assessed the relationship between acupuncture needles and varying levels of side effects in children. Found, of 279 adverse events identified, 253 were mild, 1 moderate, and 25 seriously.

Serious adverse events including bleeding, infection, and heart problems and lung. One child may have contracted HIV. But the researchers said the more serious side effects associated with standard conditions of service providers rather than acupuncture technique itself. They concluded that in the hands of trained, pediatric acupuncture is fairly safe.

The technique of acupuncture has been present for thousands of years. The theory of traditional Chinese shows the placement of the needle to help balance the body's energy flow, which is called 'q'. Acupuncture is often used to treat headaches, migraines, back pain and joint pain, cramps, and nausea caused by chemotherapy. Estimate shows 150,000 American children undergo acupuncture each year.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Prevent Back Pain at Work

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
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Back pain seems to has become part of modern life. About 7 out of 10 employees is estimated to have experienced. Back pain is a major cause of days off work, and is the second most common cause of long-term illness in Britain, after stress.

Most cases of back pain is not caused by lifting heavy objects or move too much, but precisely because it is too long sitting in office chairs. Many employees who did not even move from their seats and many others who choose to eat lunch at their desk rather than walking to the cafeteria.

Not only sit that can hurts your lower back, but also the position of bending and poor posture. To prevent the development of back pain due to too long in front of the desk, try the following tips.

1. Relax while sitting in a chair. Make sure your lower back touching the back of the chair.
2. Make sure your feet touching the floor or use a foot rest.
3. There should be space between the front of your seat and the back of the calf.
4. Your hips should be higher than the knee.
5. The arm should be parallel with the level of the elbow or table you use.
6. Use chairs with armrests.
7. Resting on a regular basis. Do not always sit in front of the computer for more than 40 minutes.
8. When it breaks, take a walk or stretching.
9. Remove all unnecessary objects from under the table so you have enough legroom.
10. The same position without a break also increases the risk of neck pain.
11. Position the monitor should be straight and make sure it is directly in front of you, not in the corner.
12. The top of the screen should be aligned at eye level and you do not need to look for, rotate the body, or leaning forward to using it.

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