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Drink to your health
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Drink to your Health.
Coffee, in fact, has four times the antioxidant content of green tea, according to a study conducted in Switzerland by the Nestle Research Center The study found that coffee also outruns cocoa, herbal teas and red wine. Of course, precise antioxidant content varies from cup to cup, depending on the type of bean and the level of “solubles” in the cup, determined by the brewing method, time and amount of coffee used.
Three major, long-term studies, as well as numerous smaller studies, have confirmed coffee’s properties for preventing Type II, or “adult-onset,” diabetes. A new Finnish study found that women who drank three to four cups of coffee a day reduced their diabetes risk by 29%. For men, the reduction was 27%. Those who drank more had higher risk reduction levels — women who drank ten or more cups of coffee daily lowered their risk by 80%, while men had a 55% lower risk.
Another coffee compound has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer. While scientists had long suspected a connection between coffee and cancer protection, last fall German researchers identified the link. Methylpyridinium is formed in the roasting process from a chemical found naturally in coffee beans. The stronger the coffee, the study also found, the higher the level of the compound, with darker roasts containing two to three times more than medium roasts.
A Brazilian study has determined that drinking a few cups of coffee a day will also increase male fertility. According to scientists at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the caffeine in coffee appears to increase sperm “motility,” that is, the speed at which they move. Since sperm “hyperactivity” is critical to fertilization, heightened motility increases the odds of pregnancy.
Other studies have shown that coffee and caffeine also have a positive influence on mental function. Coffee increases alertness and Improves performance on tests of mental function.
“Overall, the research shows that coffee is far more healthful than it is harmful,” says Tom DePaulis, PhD, research scientist at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Coffee Studies. “For most people, very little bad comes from drinking it, but a lot of good.”
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Christiana Care promotes breast health to Latinas through promotoras
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Through Christiana Care, Latinas are learning about breast health and cancer screenings, essential information they can share with others as “promotoras”—promoters of health education—to Delaware’s rapidly growing Hispanic community.
“If you teach someone, then ask her to go talk to her family, her community, you raise awareness that cancer is not a death sentence,” says Nora Katurakes, RN, MSN, OCN, Christiana Care’s manager οf Community Health Outreach and Education.
Josefina Hernandez, 51, knows firsthand how important it is to get an annual mammogram. Her regularly scheduled screening detected Stage 1 breast cancer, an early form of the disease that is highly treatable.
“I would have never found out that I had cancer if I hadn’t had my mammogram,” she says. “Now, I tell my kids, my sisters, my family, so that they will know.”
At a recent workshops at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Woodlawn Library, Hernandez and other promotoras-in-training learned facts about breast health and the effectiveness of early detection and treatment in saving lives.
“Culturally, Latinas don’t see a need to go the doctor’s unless we are sick,” says Sharon Gomez, outreach coordinator. “Through the promotoras, we are emphasizing screenings that can detect a problem before someone feels sick.”
Among Hispanic women, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Hispanic women are 20 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women diagnosed at the same age, often because the cancer is diagnosed at a later stage, according to ACS Cancer Facts. Within the past year, 41.7 percent of Hispanic women had a mammogram, compared to 53 percent of non-Hispanic white women.
Throughout the year, Christiana Care’s outreach staff works with Hispanics and people in other underserved communities to make health care more accessible.
“We frequently get calls from people who do not have insurance and others who do not have primary-care physicians, asking if they can get help,” says Joceline Valentin, a bilingual outreach coordinator at the Community Outreach and Education program at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. “We tell them ‘yes,’ and that we will meet them at appointments to interpret.”
The Community Health Outreach and Education Department obtained a grant for a lay health educator program from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the NCI National Community Cancer Centers Program. The two-year grant pays for a full-time bilingual community outreach worker. Susan G. Komen for the Cure Philadelphia affiliate also pays for a bilingual outreach coordinator.
In addition to the promotoras, the program includes training medical assistants at federally qualified clinics to promote screenings, starting with breast health and eventually including tests for cervical and colon cancer.
“Our goal is to have 300 people receive screenings as a result of this program,” Katurakes says. “Each one of the promotoras represents a connection in a family network who can reach others we might not otherwise have an opportunity to help.”