Health Tips: Coffee may help you lose weight

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Aussie Matthew Dellavedova, the Cleveland Cavaliers point and shooting guard, is a trim 200 pounds at 6 feet, 4 inches tall. He’s also a major coffee fan and had his own line of coffee, “G’Day Mate” from the Cleveland Coffee Company, a few years back. That may be one reason he’s in such good shape.

Researchers looked at data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They found that men, ages 20 to 44, who drink two to three cups of joe a day have 1.3% less total fat and 1.8% less trunk fat than those who don’t consume coffee. And women benefited even more. 

The study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, says women 30 to 44 who drink two to three cups daily have 3.4% less body fat than female noncoffee drinkers. And those who are 45 to 69 years old and drink four or more cups daily have 4.1% less.

If weight is your main concern, limit intake to six cups. More than that, say researchers from University of South Australia’s Australian Centre for Precision Health can up your risk for obesity! However, folks who don’t get the jitters or a sour stomach from caffeine can benefit from drinking more, because that helps lower your risk of brain dysfunction, fatty liver disease, Parkinson’s disease and more than eight cancers. 

Tip: You’ll also pack on pounds if you favor coffee drinks with saturated-fat-loaded dairy and sugar bombs. Opt for black filtered coffee and no sugar. Then enjoy! 

Do not skip your child’s scheduled vaccinations

Skipping while using a jump rope is a forward motion propelled by a hop or bounce from one foot to the other. It provides a full-body workout. You use your abs to stabilize your torso, your legs for lifting yourself off the ground and your arms to turn the rope. Singer Katy Perry is an enthusiast. So are the actors Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Spider-Man”). 

But skipping isn’t always a smart move. And, unfortunately, during the six weeks from April 1 to May 15, parents skipped 75% of their kids’ recommended vaccinations. That means that more than 800,000 children have not gotten their vitally needed vaccinations to protect them from brain-damaging and potentially lethal diseases such as measles, whooping cough, tetanus, chickenpox, polio and many more once-prevalent diseases.

The risks that those diseases pose to your child’s health and wellbeing far, far exceed the risk of contracting COVID-19 from a visit to your pediatrician’s office. And while no vaccine is 100% safe, the risk of becoming seriously ill from a vaccine compared with the chance of preventing a serious illness is about one in 40,000. That’s odds we would take anytime -- and so should you. 

Check out the recommended vaccination schedule for kids from birth to age 18 at www.cdc.gov/vaccines and call your pediatrician for an appointment today! P.S. Adults need booster shots and annual flu shots, plus those over 65 need pneumonia and shingles inoculations; go to www.cdc.gov and search for vaccine information for adults.

Acupuncture may ease your indigestion

When A.J. Burnett, a Major League Baseball pitcher for17 years, negotiated his 2009 contract with the NY Yankees, he made sure it stipulated that the team would provide acupuncture for him. And while we bet he used it to ease sore muscles and tendons, it turns out he also could have used it to ease a very common form of indigestion called PDS (postprandial distress syndrome). PDS causes meal-related symptoms, such as uncomfortable and an oddly quick feeling of fullness, along with localized pain in the upper abdomen, right below the ribs. It’s prevalent and persistent, often affecting relatively young folks. 

Well, research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reveals that 12 sessions of acupuncture over four weeks leads to substantial improvement of PDS symptoms -- and improvement persists for at least 12 weeks. That’s good news for folks taking PPIs (protein pump inhibitors) to ease the distress, since there’s a lot of emerging info on the damage they can do to cognition, bone strength and gastrointestinal health when taken for a long time.

If you’re interested in trying acupuncture, you want a licensed practitioner with either a master’s degree in acupuncture (MSAC) or traditional Asian medicine (MSTOM) or who is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Insurance coverage varies from state to state and plan to plan, so ask. Some medical centers, like Dr. Mike’s Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, offer acupuncture and can arrange shared medical appointments if your insurance doesn’t cover all the costs of treatment. 

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.sharecare.com.

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