Sun Risk Management Blog
Live Well, Work Well – April 2016
Coffee May Combat Alcohol’s Effect on the Liver
According to researchers, drinking coffee may help reduce the risk of cirrhosis, a liver disease that is associated with the overindulgence of alcohol.
While the studies accounted for alcohol consumption, none accounted for other cirrhosis risk factors, such as obesity and diabetes.
Loneliness Considered a Public Health Problem
Scientists have identified significant links between illness and loneliness, making it a serious public health problem. The damage inflicted on the body by loneliness may be comparable to the effects of smoking, diabetes and obesity.
Researchers have known for years that lonely people are at a greater risk for metastatic cancer, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s and other illnesses. But they haven’t understood why until recently, when they discovered how the immune system responds in lonely people. What they found was that social isolation increased the activity of genes responsible for inflammation while it decreased the activity of genes that produce antibodies that fight infection.
These abnormalities were discovered in white blood cells called monocytes—one of the body’s first lines of defense against infection. When monocytes are immature, they cause inflammation and reduce antibody protection. Coincidentally, these immature monocytes are abundant in lonely people.
Evolution may be partially to blame. Scientists suggest that this link may be the result of the brain’s attempt to encourage socialization and cooperation as activities necessary for survival—causing us pain when we’re lonely the same way we experience pain when we’re hungry. The constant fear of this pain can make lonely people feel threatened, so they sometimes act negatively toward others. This makes it difficult for lonely people to make and maintain relationships and increases their chances of becoming ill.
Mix beans with onion and tomatoes.
Microwave tortillas between two sheets of slightly damp paper towel on high for 15 seconds.
Divide bean mixture between the tortillas.
Fold each tortilla to enclose filling.
Place on microwave-safe dish and spoon salsa over each burrito.
Microwave on high for 15 seconds. Serve topped with yogurt and cilantro.
Makes: 4 servings
Nutritional Information (per serving)
Total Calories 155
Total Fat 2 g
Protein 7 g
Carbohydrates 18 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Sodium 287 mg
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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