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Anyone fancy a cuppa?

Often a topic for debate, the common English cup of tea is often seen as the better choice over coffee because of differences in caffeine and the lack of addictive qualities that coffee can offer. But is tea really a better option? The Healthy Hideout decided to find our what makes tea tick:

Coffee or Tea? You decide which is best.

Coffee or Tea? You decide which is best.

Tea effects your health – Recent numerous studies show how regular tea drinking demonstrated a link between a reduction in heart attack risk, cholesterol levels and uric acid – a factor associated with diabetes and heart disease.

Five cups a day – Studies suggest that the flavonoids found in standard English teas can help to minimise the increase the in blood pressure caused by the natural occurrence of caffeine by up to 65%. Too much tea however can increase your blood pressure, so try to keep sensible at around 5 cups a day.

Don’ overdo it – It’s common knowledge that caffeine helps increase alertness and helps us to feel more awake, but it’s important to not intake too much. Keep it to below 5 cups a day – Anything above has been known to affect sleeping patterns.

Keeping hydrated – Caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee are often related to dehydration. The intake of caffeine increases the blood flow to the kidneys, inhibiting the re-absorption of sodium, calcium and magnesium causing increased water secretion. Be sure to have a glass of water after a black coffee to keep well hydrated.

Watch your children – UK expert research has shown that the Canadian guidelines for caffeine intake with children are worth adhering to. Keep tea intake to nothing more than 2 small cups of tea a day, encouraging the intake of water instead.

To summarise, tea is generally quite good for you within moderation. If you need a relaxing hot drink without the caffeine, it’s worth looking into the herbal options available. The Healthy Hideout touched on herbal teas in a previous article which can be found here: http://www.divapor.com/blog/2010/11/6-top-teas-the-real-wonder-drink/

 

Do I have diabetes? 1 million of us do and are unaware!

Are you one of the 1 million Britain’s that have diabetes but are completely unaware of this fact? As levels of obesity escalate, diabetes has similarly been following suit, which some experts predict could have terrible effects on the National Health Service. The number of people living with diabetes is predicted to hit 5.5 million in 2030 with the bill landing at the feet of the NHS.

Blue Circle for Diabetes

Blue Circle for Diabetes

A sufferer of diabetes has a higher risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, leg amputation and blindness. Therefore, it is important to detect the disease so that you can take proactive health measures to reduce its risk and development. In the UK, 2.6 million people have type 2 diabetes, which is linked to inactive lifestyles and obesity.

Type 2 diabetes can go a decade before it is detected at which point many sufferers are showing signs of complications. Chief executive of Diabetes UK, Douglas Smallwood says “Avoidable in so many cases, the type 2 diabetes epidemic is a clear example of where the new government’s rhetoric of tackling health problems through prevention must be turned into action. Failure to act now means a bleak future of spiralling NHS costs and worsening public health.”

How can I tell if I have diabetes?

The NHS health checks programme has started screening “at risk” groups. Factors that increase your risk of diabetes include being overweight, over 40 years old or having a close relative with the illness.

The symptoms to look out for include: frequent urination, increased thirst and increased hunger. Symptoms may develop rapidly in weeks or month with type 1 diabetes, but may develop more slowly with type 2 diabetes. Other symptoms include unexplained weight loss, blurred vision and frequent infection.

If you suspect you may have diabetes then make an appointment with your GP to have a diabetes test. Diabetes can be dangerous, especially for children. If you have a heightened risk of diabetes then why not make some dietary and lifestyle changes. For a simple, quick urine test, why not buy the following kit today. Source: Daily Mail Newspaper.