Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Selenium May Protect Against Bladder Cancer

Boosting Selenium Intake May Lower Bladder Cancer Risk, Particularly in Women

Aug. 31, 2010 -- Adding more selenium to your diet may reduce your risk of bladder cancer.

Scientists reporting in the September issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention say that adults with low blood levels of the mineral selenium are more likely to develop bladder cancer. The lower your levels of selenium, the higher your risk.

Selenium is a trace mineral found in soil. Dietary sources of selenium include plant foods and meats from animals that grazed on grain or plants grown in selenium-rich soil. The nutrient is also found in certain nuts. For example, brazil nuts often contain an abundance of selenium.The body uses selenium to make selenoproteins. Many selenoproteins function as antioxidants, which prevent cellular damage. Some studies have suggested that selenium can help protect against certain cancers, but clinical trials on selenium supplementation have yielded conflicting results.

For the current study, Nuria Malats, MD, PhD, leader of the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology Group of the Human Cancer Genetics Program at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center, and colleagues combined information from seven previously published studies to conduct their research. They reviewed selenium levels taken from blood samples and toenail clippings and determined each patient's risk of developing bladder cancer. The analysis included patients mostly from the United States and some patients from Europe.

The study showed:
1. A 39% decrease in bladder cancer risk was associated with the highest levels ofselenium.
2. The protective benefit of selenium was seen mostly in women. Researchers believethis may be because of differences in how men and women's bodies break down andremove the mineral.

“Although our results suggest a beneficial effect of high selenium intake for bladder cancer risk, more studies are needed to confirm these findings before an enforcement of high selenium intake is recommended,” Malats says in a news release.

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for selenium for adults is 55 micrograms per day. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may require higher amounts. Most American diets provide the recommended amount of the mineral, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Before adding more selenium to your diet, talk to your doctor. Too much selenium can be unhealthy and may lead to a condition called selenosis. Symptoms include stomach upset,
hair loss, garlic breath odor, white spots on the nails, irritability, fatigue, and mild nerve damage.

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences says the highest amount of selenium that adults can take safely without endangering their health is 400 micrograms a day. This is called the tolerable upper intake level (UL).

By Kelli Miller Stacy Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
WebMD Health News

As I know someone who is now dealing with bladder cancer I was very interested in this news and hope it will help many in the future.

To your health

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Senior Safety Tip from a Fireman!

Anyone who has read my blog knows I love reading "Dear Abby".

She has some great information and tips from her readers and this one is from a fireman.

If seniors don't have an emergency alert device, they should take their car keys to bed with them and place them on their nightstand. The little red "panic" button can be used to start the horn on their car in an emergency. The neighbors will hear the horn and help them.

Abby adds: First, forewarn the neighbors that if your car alarm goes off, it many indicate that you are in trouble. In her city, car alarms go off so frequently that people often assume it's a malfunction and ignore it.

Both are very good tips. Also ask your neighbors you may be close with to please check on you occasionally. Maybe Monday and Friday if they do not see you out and about. Many seniors fall and become unconscious and a neighbor has saved their lives just by checking on them and calling the police if necessary.

If you have a senior that lives near you take a minute and get to know them. Becoming friends can save that persons life and you will be surprised at the wonderful feeling you can get just with a smile and a "Hello". Remember, one day you will be a senior too!

Good Health to us all!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

NEW ORLEANS TWO DAY FREE C.A.R.E. CLINIC - August 31st & September 1st

NEW ORLEANS C.A.R.E. Clinic - The NAFC C.A.R.E. Clinic will return to New Orleans on August 31 & September 1st. This clinic will help the uninusred of the Gulf Region as we approach the 5 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and as the region is struggling with the current oil spill crisis.
Patients call 1-877-236-7617