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  • midlifelove 3:28 am on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 6 cups of coffee a day, aggressive cancer affected most, coffee, decaf as good, , Kathryn M Wilson, , survival rates improved   

    Coffee To Beat Prostate Cancer 

    Having a few more cups of coffee can reduce a man’s risk of dying of prostate cancer, a new study indicates.

    While the case for coffee as a preventative for prostate cancer is far from proven, results show a definite link, particularly with aggressive forms of cancer, US News reports.

    “I wouldn’t recommend that people change their coffee-drinking habits based on this study,” said Kathryn M. Wilson, a research fellow in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and lead author of one report. “But if you like coffee, there is no compelling reason to cut back at this point.”

    Aggressive Cancer Affected Most

    Data collected on 50,000 men showed nearly 10 per cent (4975) were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the 20 years from 1986 to 2006.

    But only 846 of those cancers were life-threatening. And while the study found just a weak relationship between consumption of six or more cups of coffee a day and a reduced risk of all forms of prostate cancer (down about 19 percent), the reduction for the aggressive form was much more marked — 41 percent.

    And there was a clear relationship between the amount of coffee consumed and prostate cancer risk, Wilson said: “The more coffee you drank, the more effect we saw.”

    Decaf Works Just As Well

    The caffeine in coffee doesn’t seem to be the link, since the same reduction was seen for consumption of decaffeinated coffee, she said.

    Instead, “it has something to do with insulin and glucose metabolism,” Wilson said. “A number of studies have found that coffee is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes.”

    This study is just a starting point for establishing a relationship between coffee and prostate cancer, Wilson stressed.

    “We hope that this study drives more research so that we really know what is going on.”

  • midlifelove 2:21 am on July 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cell phone, coffee, donuts, eating while driving, , hamburgers, soft drinks, tacos   

    Ten Most Dangerous Things To Eat While Driving 

    Eating while driving

    Eating while driving is one of the most distracting things you can do, according to a new study reported in Wired magazine’s Autopia blog http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/07/dangerous-foods/. Eighty percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involved driver distraction.

    In the interests of keeping insurance premiums down, Insurance.com has come up with a list of the 10 most dangerous things eat behind the wheel. (One accident can increase your car insurance by as much as 25 percent, so it’s worth taking a look.)

    The Top Ten Snacking ‘No-Nos’ Behind The Wheel

    1. Coffee. It’s hot. It can spill. That’s bad. That said, we’re guilty of this. So are you. Admit it.
    2. Hot soup. It’s hot. It can spill. That’s bad.
    3. Tacos. Very messy.
    4. Chilli. It’s hot. It can spill. That’s bad. And it’s very messy.
    5. Hamburgers. Greasy hands and a steering wheel do not mix.
    6. Barbecued food. Um, that should go without saying.
    7. Fried chicken. You think burgers are greasy?
    8. Jelly or cream-filled donuts. Ever bitten into one and not had it squirt all over the place?
    9. Soft drinks. Big threat of spillage, says Insurance.com, and unacceptable risk of “fizz up your nose.” Huh?
    10. Chocolate. It melts on your fingers, which makes a mess on the steering wheel.

    The Other Major Distractions

    • Using a cell phone. Calling for carry-out?
    • Reaching for a moving object. Flying French fries?
    • Looking at an object or event outside of the vehicle. Where is Starbucks?
    • Reading. Or tweeting for the closest BBQ?
    • Applying makeup. Every second counts!
  • midlifelove 12:52 am on May 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: addiction, , , , coffee, , , hormone, stimulates, sunlight,   

    Breaking the No 4 Food Addiction – Caffeine 

    Do you reach for a caffeine fix every time you’re feeling tired? While some people drink just one cup of coffee a day, there are others who seem to be holding a coffee mug every time you turn around.

    Those who have serious cravings for caffeine throughout the day are most likely suffering from an addiction to caffeine. Caffeine stimulates activity in the brain, which in turn, causes the release of the hormone adrenaline. Despite achieving the desired effect, after the dose of caffeine wears off, it often creates a craving for additional caffeine to recreate the effect.


    Breaking Caffeine Cravings

    There are healthier, more effective ways of preventing fatigue throughout the day. First, make sure you are getting enough sleep! Second, exercise daily. Although many people mistakenly think that they will be more tired by exercising, they are actually wrong. Overall, exercise will increase your energy level and will enable you to overcome your food cravings.

    As well:

    • Eat five to six small meals a day and include some protein in each meal. This will help keep your blood sugar stable and provide you with the energy to keep going all day long.
    • Drink at least eight glasses of water. Water will help keep you energized
    • Drink a glass of water or green tea in the morning to help you wake up.
    • Get plenty of fresh air and sunshine each day. Use your usual coffee break to take a little brisk walk outside.
    • Switch to green tea. In addition to tasting great and giving you energy, it is packed with flavonoids and antioxidants, both of which are beneficial to your health.

    Start by cutting down on your caffeine consumption and replace as much of it as possible with green tea and water. Keep cutting more caffeine out every few weeks. Before you know it you will break the caffeine habit for good.

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