Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Saved by Chocolate?

If you are going to eat chocolate, which is very likely during this time of year, then I might as well give you some good news about it. A recent study at Johns Hopkins University inadvertently found that just a few squares of dark chocolate a day may reduce the risk of heart attack by decreasing the tendency of platelets to clot.

The study, Genetic Study of Aspirin Responsiveness (GeneSTAR), was designed to study the antithrombotic effect of aspirin. The subjects were given instructions to exercise, stop smoking and avoid certain foods such as chocolates. However, the chocolate addicts in the group did not comply. When this was discovered, they were ejected from the study, but their blood samples were examined for the effects of chocolate on platelets. The samples from both the compliant and the non-compliant subjects were run through a mechanical blood vessel system designed to time how long it takes for the platelets to clump together in a hair-thin plastic tube. The chocolate lovers' platelets on average took 130 seconds to occlude the system. The other group's platelets clotted faster at 123 seconds.

This anti-thrombotic effect may explain some of the cardioprotective effects of chocolates which have been reported in the past. However, it should be noted that this study is not a carte blance for going chocolate crazy. The benefits of chocolate are attributed to the cocoa bean and not to its other calorie busting ingredients such as cream and sugar. As always moderation and balance are keys to a healthier life style.

Reference: Johns Hopkins Medicine

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

salaam khanome dr razavi
man 1 farzande pesare 5 mahe daram ke to yaki az koliyehash sangrize dide shode va az negarani dar hale margam mitonam khehesh konam dar in mored mano rahnamee konid be pezeshkesh etemadi nadaram,khahesh mikonam va montazeram.

Dr. Taraneh Razavi said...

Dear worried parent,
Children can form kidney stones just like adults can. It is usually a benign condition, but it can signify underlying medical problems which cause an increased production of stones. It is essential to consult a pediatric urologist trained in this area to get appropriate treatment and to prevent recurrence of stones. If a stone needs to be removed, then the new techniques allow the majority of the stones to be removed without open surgery.

Anonymous said...

i have a child who had a stone but it was taken care of by the pediatrician. Should he have seen a pediatric urologist?

Dr. Taraneh Razavi said...

Depending on the cirucumstances, a knowledgeable pediatrician may be sufficient.

Anonymous said...

Everything in moderation, though. Heart disease and diabetes are no fun.

Pro Shape

nurceyiz said...

Nevresim takımı havlu desenleri ceyiz pike takımı
Bilgisayar tamiri servis bakım onarım oem parca sıfır ikinci el
Nevresim cift kişilik tek kişilik bebek cocuk modeller

Anonymous said...

hmmzh
heh

PHORA-HR / SF-HR

seyma said...

Thanks for this informations.(excuseme my english is bad.)

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