Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Cocoa For Diabetics

For diabetics, thinking of eating or drinking chocolates is usually out of the question. But new studies has found that a cup of enriched cocoa may help improve the working of blood vessels in diabetic patients. Doctors are now prescribed three mugs of specially formulated cocoa a day for a month, and found out that severely impaired arteries regained their normal functions and the chemical flavanols found in cocoas may be responsible.

But eating more normal chocolate would not work. People with diabetes are at greater risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart disease and strokes, partly due to the effects of high blood sugar on the linings of blood vessels, which stops them being able to expand as much when needed by the body. This can result in higher blood pressure, which can then cause further problems. While a healthier lifestyle can reduce the risks, it often does not solve the problem completely.

Cocoa naturally contains flavanols which are antioxidant chemicals found in some fruit and vegetables, green tea and red wine, and has been linked with health benefits by other studies. But the type of cocoa cannot be found in the shops and is a version enriched with far higher concentrations of the chemicals. Patients with type II diabetes can certainly find ways to fit chocolate into a healthy lifestyle, but the new study is not about chocolate, or about urging those with diabetes to eat more chocolate.


Monday, May 26, 2008

Gum Disease | Cancer

Gum disease, both in smokers and non-smokers, may be a warning sign of an increased risk of cancer. Researches found gum disease was linked to a higher chance of lung, kidney, pancreatic and blood cancers. An immune system weakness may cause both illnesses so the need to conduct regular checkups. Although the risk is higher on people who smoke, even in those who have never smoked, the presence of gum disease means a bigger risk of cancer. While there was no rise in lung cancer chances among those with gum disease who had never smoked, there was a slightly higher increase in the overall risk of any cancer, and a similar rise in the rate of blood cancers.

There are a number of theories as to why the presence of gum disease might be linked to other illnesses. People with gum infections have been found to have chemical signs that the inflammation there may be mirrored in other parts of the body - there have also been suggestions that bacteria linked to gum disease could cause problems elsewhere. The increase in blood cancers pointed to an immune system link. The persistent presence of gum disease might be a sign of weakness in the immune system which could also allow cancer to develop. But doctors are advising people with gums problems should seek first dental rather than medical help first. Dentists are trained to spot cancers in the mouth, they were becoming increasingly aware of the implications of gum disease for overall health, and were prepared to refer patients on in cases of unexpectedly serious gum disease in otherwise healthy patients.


Saturday, May 17, 2008

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