Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Drinking Coffee May Lower Diabetes, Stroke Risks: Study

Source: Health Day (Summary by NIM)

Coffee: To drink it or not to drink it? Most people do drink coffee, but if you ask them if it's good for them, they will probably think not. Rest assured, though, coffee drinkers - it isn't bad for you in moderation, and studies show time and time again that there are indeed be health benefits to drinking your daily cup of Joe.

According to a new study of 23,000 men and women who were followed for an average of 12 years, drinking any amount of coffee each day reduced stroke risk by 27% compared with those individuals who never drank it. One key point to note was that drinking 'more' coffee was not better - there was no increased benefit with additional cups consumed. Another piece of good news for those of you who get too jittery from caffeine - the reduced risk was "irrespective of the type of coffee consumed, caffeinated, decaffeinated, instant or ground,". Go for a cup of decaf and it'll protect you just the same. The researchers aren't clear on what gives coffee it's protective benefits, and agree that more studies need to be conducted in future. Previous studies have found that coffee may also be protective against type 2 diabetes.

Most experts agree that caffeine - whether it's from coffee, green tea or other sources - is good for you in moderation and has many proven health and performance benefits. If you're curious to know how much is safe - keep in mind that almost everyone metabolizes caffeine a little differently - as long as you're not shaky or jittery and caffeine continues to have an effect on you (still wakes you up etc.) you're probably fine. If a cup of Joe or two no longer gives you a boost - try switching to tea or abstaining for a week to 're-set' your tolerance.

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "
Coffee Drinking May Lower Stroke Risk" from Health Day (Feb. 25, 2010).