Monday, 30 July 2018

Feeling anxious and irritable? Your daily coffee fix could be to blame

It is most people’s favourite way to start the morning: with a hot coffee in hand. Coffee has become a handy sidekick that gives an extra boost to tackle the day.

A recent rise in temperature (not related to the current heatwave), frequent bathroom breaks, dehydration, dizziness and headaches are signs you could be taking your daily java intake too far. A racing heart, restlessness, anxiety, irritability and trembles are also symptoms of the 6% of Brits who over-caffeinate daily.

So how is it possible to build a dependency? Coffee is a common stimulant that increases adrenalin in the body, making you feel awake and energetic. When enjoyed in moderate amounts, coffee helps you focus and feel mentally alert.

Unsure whether you are part of the population that relies too heavily on a caffeinated routine? It is perfectly safe – and may even be healthy for you – to enjoy between 300 – 400mg of coffee a day. This translates to two medium sized coffees.

Note: Tea has more caffeine than coffee when unmade. But, when tea is made, caffeine is left in the tea leaves than in the liquid. So, do not steep the tea leaves for ages if you do not want to have more caffeine.


Lesson from Wild Boars' rescue

How to minimise pancreatic cancer risk

The pancreas is a small two-part glandular organ - about 18cm long and 4cm wide - lying in the upper abdomen behind the stomach. It performs two vital functions. One part of the gland is a source of digestive enzymes and the other part produces the hormones insulin and glucagon that control blood levels of glucose and fatty acids.

Pancreatic cancer is still rare but it is one of the deadliest because symptoms almost never develop until the disease is advanced and incurable.

Some known risk factors for pancreatic cancer are beyond an individual’s control: Older age, being an African-American or Ashkenazi Jew, and having two or more first-degree relatives (parents or siblings) who have had the cancer.

But it is the modifiable risk factors that are currently of greatest concern. Aside from tobacco smoking, which accounts for 20% to 25% of pancreatic cancers even as this risk factor continues to decline, the main risks for pancreatic cancer cases and deaths are obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, all of which have risen to epidemic levels in recent years.

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A few beers a week could help men start a family

Men hoping to become fathers are often advised to avoid alcohol for fear of harming their fertility.

But a study suggests a few small beers a week or bottle of wine may actually help men start a family.

Italian researchers who asked 323 men about their alcohol consumption found moderate drinkers had a better sperm count.

Dr Elena Ricci, who led the research, said: 'We found that men who consumed four to seven units per week had higher semen volume and total sperm count than those who drank less or more than that. We concluded that moderate alcohol intake appears positively associated to semen quality, in this group of men.