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I Love my Beans

August 6, 2012 7 comments

Statistics shows that coffee is considered as the most popular beverage worldwide with over 400 billion cups consumed each year. There are many articles that we could attain through the Internet these days. There has beem many pros and cons about the consumption of coffee and its effect on our health. I’ve gathered here some of the articles around the Internet that promotes the benefits of coffee to our health.

Coffee can clear the cobwebs from your head. In a recent Swedish study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, researchers determined that insulin sensitivity improves in direct correlation with coffee consumption. For each cup you drink daily, you decrease your risk of insulin resistance 16 percent. A separate study found that men who drank regular coffee daily significantly reduced their risk of type 2 diabetes.

A cup of jave —both caffeinated and decaf—contains a host of antioxidants, including chlorogenic acid, which prevents the oxidation of bad cholesterol. (Learn Which Is Best: Coffee or Tea?)
How to drink it: Espresso, Americano—order whatever you like. Just take it easy on the sugar and whip.

Trying to kick the coffee habit? If you want to live longer, you might want to rethink giving up your three daily cappuccinos. A new study found that drinking coffee could lower your risk of death.
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health gathered information from 229,119 men and 173,141 women who were part of the AARP Diet and Health Study, making this the largest study of coffee.
After 13 years, men who drank two to three cups of coffee a day had a 10 percent lower chance of dying, compared to men who didn’t drink coffee. Women who drank the same amount had a 13 percent decreased risk.
Coffee drinkers also had a lower risk of dying from specific diseases, such as respiratory disease, heart disease, diabetes, as well as injuries and accidents. The risk of dying from cancer, however, was not lower for women who drank coffee, and was slightly higher for male coffee drinkers.
The current study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, tried to overcome some of the shortcomings of the previous research. This included taking into account the fact that many coffee drinkers also smoke tobacco, which tends to increase the risk of death.
While this is the largest study to examine the benefits of coffee, more research is needed to determine whether coffee can directly help people live longer.
The beneficial results seen in the study, however, were true for both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. This makes that afternoon trip to the coffee shop a little more enjoyable.

How would it help for Essential Thrombocythemia patient? So far, I am unable to locate any official article about benefits of Coffee to ET patients. But, I always agree with the saying that take all good things in moderate.

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May 2012 update

May 5, 2012 9 comments

It has been more than 18 months now that I have not been on any medication. My visit to the hematologist last week was a positive one. My platelet levels are within the the normal level which was such a relief. I have been maintaining a healthy lifestyle (exercise at least twice a week – gym or swimming), eat regular meals/healthy diet and managing my stress level.
One other interesting area that I would like to share is that I take freshly brewed coffee every morning. There were studies in the past shows that too much of caffeine intake could harm our body. However, recent studies seemed to prove otherwise. This is an interesting topic that I would like to work on some research of my own to weight the impact of coffee intakes and it’s affects to our human body.
I will share my findings and opinions in my next post.

Recommended Lifestyle for ET Patients by Mayo Clinic

March 25, 2011 4 comments

I tried searching for lifestyles and diets for patients with ET. I came upon the following recommendations by Mayo Clinic.

Take extra care to reduce your risk of developing blood clots if you have essential thrombocythemia. Healthy lifestyle habits can lower your risk of developing conditions that may contribute to blood clotting. These conditions include diabetes, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. Take steps to:

  • Eat healthy foods. Choose a varied diet rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits and low in saturated fats. Try to avoid trans fats. Learn about portion control to maintain a normal weight.
  • Increase your physical activity. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day. Take a brisk daily walk. Ride your bike. Swim laps. If you can’t fit in a long workout, break it up into smaller sessions spread throughout the day.
  • Achieve or maintain normal weight. Being overweight or obese increases the pressure in the veins in your pelvis and legs and is a risk factor for conditions such as high blood pressure, which increases your risk of blood clotting.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking affects blood clotting and circulation.

If your ET increases your tendency to bleed, take extra precautions to keep from injuring yourself. Follow these suggestions:

  • Avoid playing contact sports or engaging in other activities that could be dangerous or could cause you to fall.
  • Use a softer toothbrush and waxed floss.
  • Avoid shaving cuts. Shave with an electric razor.
  • Be cautious with household tasks involving knives, scissors and other sharp tools.