Saturday, May 31, 2008
Diabetes is a common condition that affects many women. It appears that modifying your life style and eating well may go a long way to help you prevent diabetes.
Reference: The British Medical Journal
Monday, April 28, 2008
Dr Francine Grodstein and her colleagues at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School collected data on 121,700 women who participated in the Nurses' Health Study from 1976 to 2004. The study looked at the relationship of hormone replacement therapy to the occurrence of stroke. Over the course of the study, 360 women who had never used hormones had stroke compared with 414 women on hormones.
This increased risk was observed in women initiating hormone therapy at young ages or near menopause and at older ages or more than 10 years after menopause." Younger women taking estrogen for less than 5 years had decreased chance of getting stroke. Age is thus a factor in the occurrence of stroke. The take home message is that if you need to take estrogen for menopausal symptoms, take the low dose for less than 5 years. Beyond that, you may be taking the risk of having a stroke.
Reference: NIH NEWS
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Is caffeine safe for pregnant women? There has been speculation that excessive caffeine intake can lead to pregnancy loss. The Kaiser Permanente Division of Research conducted a study on 1,063 pregnant Kaiser Permanente members in San Francisco from October 1996 through October 1998 to answer this question. The researchers examined the caffeine effect on women who never changed their pattern of caffeine consumption during their pregnancy.
Women who consumed 200 mg or more of caffeine per day (two or more cups of regular coffee or five 12-ounce cans of caffeinated soda) had twice the miscarriage risk as women who consumed no caffeine. Women who consumed less than 200 mg of caffeine daily had more than 40 percent increased risk of miscarriage. The increase in the risk appears to come from the caffeine itself. The main message from this study is that pregnant women who consume caffeinated beverages should go off caffeine.