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Over the years, coffee has been much maligned as an indulgence, a trigger of blood pressure and brown teeth, a diuretic that works against good hydration. Some studies from the 1980s even suggested increased risk for heart attack. Coffee has been classified by many in the "undesirable" list, along with hydrogenated fats and too much alcohol.
But there's another part of the discussion that often gets little attention: coffee's ability to reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes and heart disease.
Initial studies suggested that coffee consumption, especially in non-coffee drinkers, increases blood sugar. Coffee consumption especially increases blood sugar after a meal, with caffeinated coffee eliciting a greater response compared to decaffeinated coffee.
However, chronic consumption may be different, i.e. habitual consumption of coffee over a long period. A recent Dutch study demonstrated that coffee reduces after-eating, or postprandial, glucose, up to 8.8% wit...
The December holidays are always challenging! Between the increase in demand at my office, gift purchases of massage, yoga and product and the personal gift giving, card-sending hurdles, etc., it’s no wonder that Christmas day rolls around I don’t want to get out from under the covers! I love teaching stress management, and most of the year I’m doing exactly what I need to do for my health. December stress is a reminder that I need to be more diligent in treating myself well! While standing in one of my favorite stores for self-care, I realized it was a perfect gift to give my friends, family and clients as well. My gift was to give a cup of tea! Tea is a great gift to be given to and from someone who lives with diabetes. My opinion is that what we consume affects us, and for people living with chronic illness sometimes with more punch. Education gives us choices and therefore I like to study everything that invo...
During my pregnancies in the late 70s, it was determined by some researchers that if a woman drank anything with caffeine, her child would be born with 12 toes among other horrifying defects. This was the day of the earth mother. We were also told we were bad mothers if we had any anesthetic for childbirth and we'd better make my our baby's food from scratch, as the jarred stuff would kill my darling child.
So, I did what pregnant women do. I bent over backward (it was impossible to bend over frontward, anyway) to avoid anything that may harm my child. I gave up my morning coffee. I didn't even dare drink tea. Both of these substances have since been found to be loaded with antioxidants which are exceptionally good for us (and our chidren), and to the best of my knowledge, pregnant women are not jailed for having a cup of coffee.
Nevertheless, I am still defensive. So, while enjoying my second cup of coffee this morning, I half-wittedly searched the Web looki...
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