Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sweet Sweet Coffee...

This is *very* good news for me. If this study holds up, I should have complete and total immunity from any heart-related disease! Hopefully my coffee drinking will negate the effects of my former smoking addiction.

A strong cup of coffee in the morning can feel like a life saver. Now, one of the largest and longest studies of coffee drinking suggests that coffee may indeed boost your lifespan – providing you drink enough of the stuff, that is.

The study tracked 129,000 men and women over two decades. It found that people who consumed several cups of coffee every day were less likely to die of heart disease than those who shied away from the stuff. Heart disease is an umbrella term for conditions including heart attacks, stroke, and arrhythmia.

The researchers found that women who drank four to five cups per day were 34% less likely to die of heart disease, while men who had more than five cups a day were 44% less likely to die. Read Full Article.

5 comments:

Wrecking Machine said...

Careful. In the next few weeks, coffee will be bad for you again.

Dolf said...

It's ridiculous!

This story is my NEW favorite...

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Harvard Men’s Health Watch notes that some recent studies have linked multivitamin use to prostate cancer. More convincingly, studies have linked high intakes of folic acid to colon polyps, the precursors of colorectal cancer. Researchers speculate that high intakes of folic acid, which was first added to grain products in the 1990s, may have contributed to an increase in colorectal cancers in the mid-1990s.

What does all of this have to do with multivitamins? Now that folic acid is added to so many grain products, it’s easy to see how a healthy diet, combined with a multivitamin, could boost a person’s daily intake to 1,000 mcg or more, potentially increasing the risk of colorectal and possibly prostate and breast cancers.

In light of this research, Harvard Men’s Health Watch suggests that the average man give up the multivitamin, at least until scientists solve the puzzle of folic acid and cancer. However, if you stop taking a multivitamin, consider taking a vitamin D supplement, the newsletter says. The typical diet for most men and women doesn’t supply enough of this crucial vitamin, and while sun exposure boosts vitamin D production, it has health risks of its own.

Wrecking Machine said...

I'm a bit surprised the medical industry hasn't found some sort of correlation between sunscreen and skin cancer. It seems to me that ever since they said you MUST wear sunscreen or you'll get cancer that skin cancer rates have gone up.

Dolf said...

you are close... There is a link between sunscreen and diminished Vitamin D which helps prevent cancer!

http://harvardmagazine.com/2005/09/too-much-sunscreen.html

For many summers, people have slathered and sprayed on sunscreens and fretted about SPF factors while scrambling to protect themselves from ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation, a component of sunlight. Dermatologists have linked UV-B exposure to the development of skin cancer, including lethal melanomas. But according to a new theory, sealing our skins off from the sun may cause more cancer deaths than it prevents.

Associate professor of medicine Edward Giovannucci notes that UV-B radiation, the source of suntan and sunburn, is also the component of sunlight that enables human skin (particularly lighter-pigmented skin) to synthesize the “sunshine vitamin”—D—used by every type of cell in the human body. Animal research has associated a lack of vitamin D with multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, and pathological processes that underlie several forms of cancer, including those of the colon, breast, prostate, and digestive tract, such as stomach cancer. “If you look at these cancers as a group,” says Giovannucci, who is also a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, ”you’ll see that 30 people die of these cancers for every one who dies of skin cancer.”

Wrecking Machine said...

You should really say, "They are close."

Meaning, they have all the pieces to say that sunscreen causes cancer, but no specific study has gone out to see if skin cancer applies. I bet if they did that study, they would find that yes, sunscreen causes skin cancer.