Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Caffeine Affects Diabetic Persons

Here’s an update with regards to our article about coffee . Last January 28, 2008 yahoo health posted an article about caffeine being harmful to those people with diabetic illness.

In a small group of 10 diabetics, glucose levels rose by 8 percent when participants took pills filled with the level of caffeine found in four cups of coffee.

"There's reason to believe that caffeine consumption -- and coffee is the most common source of caffeine -- may be harmful to people with type 2 diabetes and make it more difficult for them to keep their glucose levels under proper control," said study author James Lane, a professor of medical psychology at Duke University.

While our recent post about coffee speaks about the good effects of coffee for women who are on reproductive years. This contradicts the new found effect of coffee to diabetic clients. So they have conducted a research that on 10 patients with diabetes who are coffee drinkers. They will not take insulin for 72 hours and they will alternate drinking a cup of coffee and placebo. They will be examined through a small sensor putted on their stomach with the patients consent of course.

This research is aimed to know whether caffeine disrupts the body's ability to process blood sugar or it prevents diabetes on pregnant women. But the result will not yet be available until the month of February. So we will just update all of our readers on the result.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Quotable Quote for Week 4 January 08

Don't let your heart run your life...
be sensible and let your mind speak for itself.
Listen not only to your feelings but to reason as well...
always remember that if you lose someone today it means that someone better is coming tomorrow.

It's true that love can wait forever but it's crazy to stubbornly hope for someone who doesn't even care or understand how you feel...
you deserve to be happy not in the arms of someone who keeps you waiting in vain but in the arms who will take you now and love you forever...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Coffee Reduces The Risk for Ovarian Cancer

Who loves to drink coffee? Well, almost all loves to drink coffee. Here’s latest news I got as I was surfing the net. This is especially good news to women who loves to drink coffee.

According to US researchers, caffeine lowered a woman’s chances of developing ovarian cancer. The risk is even less for women who do not take contraceptive pills or do not use hormone replacement therapy. Among women who had never taken the contraceptive pill, coffee drinking cut the risk of ovarian cancer by 35 percent. And for those who had not had hormone replacement therapy, the risk was 43 percent less.

Risk also appeared to decline the more total caffeine and coffee a woman consumed, the study found. Decaffeinated coffee had no apparent benefit. But the reasons behind the study is still not clear and further study and research is still being carried out.

Weighing the effect of coffee on its advantage and disadvantage, like the negative effects of coffee; increased heart rate and blood pressure and irregular heart beat as to the positive effects of coffee like it lowers the risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and its acts as an antioxidant. The irregularities in the vital signs could be back into normal when the caffeine subsides.

But remember to take coffee in moderation. Cheers!!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Quotable Quote for Week 3 January 08

The Paradox of Life

Everybody wants to live a long life but nobody wants to get old.

Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.

And nobody seems to realize that in our life's journey, no one has ever reached the finish line alive.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

My Happy Feet

Almost all men don’t care about their foot. Sometimes they don’t even bother if they have foot problems. But according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons there are five foot problems men shouldn’t ignore. This includes Heel pain, Ankle sprains, Big toe stiffness and pain, Achilles tendonitis, and Ingrown toenails.

Heel pain is the most common problem affecting the foot and ankle. The most frequent causes of heel pain are not single injuries, such as a fall or twist, but repetitive or excessive heel pounding.

An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle, usually on the outside of the ankle. Sprained ankles often result from a fall, a sudden twist, or a blow that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position.

The most common site of arthritis in the foot is at the base of the big toe. This joint is called the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP joint. It's important because it has to bend every time you take a step. If the joint starts to stiffen, walking can become painful and difficult.

Achilles tendonitis is a painful and often debilitating inflammation of the Achilles tendon (heel cord). Achilles tendonitis may be caused by a single incident of overstressing the tendon, or it may result from a series of stresses that produce small tears over time (overuse).

When a toenail is ingrown, the sides or corners of the nail curl down and dig into the skin, causing swelling, pain and redness. The major causes are shoes that don't fit well and improperly trimmed nails. Shoes that are too tight press the sides of the nail and make it curl into the skin. Nails that are peeled off at the edge or trimmed down at the corners are also more likely to become ingrown.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Quotable Quote for Week 2 January 08

Let me share this beautiful text:
I asked God, "How do I get the best out of life?"

God answered: "Don't be a prisoner from your past, leave your past behind because we can never change the past, but we can correct our mistakes, handle your present with confidence, prepare for the future without fear."

Then He added, "Keep the faith and drop the fear. Don't believe your doubts and never doubt your beliefs. Life is wonderful if you know how to live!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Dog Snoring

Watch this dog snoring while sleeping. Actually I didn't know that dogs do snore also till I have watched this video.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Qoutable Qoute for Week 1 January 08

Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.
I don't know the key to success, but one key to failure is to please everyone.
Why waste your time thinking about what others will tell you.
Instead, do what makes you

Friday, January 4, 2008

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS, Wittmaack-Ekbom's syndrome, or sometimes referred to as Nocturnal myoclonus) is a condition in which your legs feel extremely uncomfortable while you're sitting or lying down. It makes you feel like getting up and moving around. When you do so, the unpleasant feeling of restless leg syndrome temporarily goes away. Because it usually interferes with sleep, it also is considered a sleep disorder.

People usually define RLS symptoms as unpleasant sensations in their calves, thighs, feet or arms. People usually don’t describe the condition as numbness or muscle cramps.

Some experts believe RLS and periodic limb movement disorder are strongly associated with ADHD in some children. Both conditions are hereditary and dopamine is believed to be involved. Many types of medication for the treatment of both conditions affect dopamine levels in the brain.

Common characteristics of RLS signs and symptoms include:

  • Starts during inactivity. The sensation typically begins while you're lying down or sitting for an extended period of time, such as in a car, airplane or movie theater.
  • Relief by movement. The sensation of RLS lessens if you get up and move. People combat the sensation of restless leg in a number of ways — by stretching, jiggling their legs, pacing the floor, exercising or walking. This compelling desire to move is what gives restless leg syndrome its name.
  • Worsening of symptoms in the evening. Symptoms typically are less bothersome during the day and are felt primarily at night.

Some people with restless leg syndrome never seek medical attention because they worry that their symptoms are too difficult to describe or won't be taken seriously. Some doctors wrongly attribute symptoms to nervousness, stress, insomnia or muscle cramps. RLS is often unrecognized or misdiagnosed. In many people the condition it is not diagnosed until 10-20 years after symptoms begin. Once correctly diagnosed, RLS can often be treated successfully.

Coping skills that may help you fight RLS includes:

  • Begin and end your day with stretching exercises.
  • Soaking in a warm bath and massaging your legs can relax your muscles.
  • Try relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga.