Drinking 3 cups of coffee lowers risk of stroke and heart disease: Study
Drinking up to three cups of coffee a day may protect your heart, a new study finds, the latest research that underscores the health benefits of coffee.
The new study, by researchers at Semmelweis University in Budapest, is one of the largest ever to research the question.
Among people with no diagnosis of heart disease, regular coffee consumption of 0.5 to 3 cups of coffee a day was associated with a decreased risk of death from heart disease, stroke and early death from any cause when compared to non-coffee drinkers.
The study, presented Friday at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, examined the coffee drinking behavior of over 468,000 people who participate in the UK Biobank Study, which houses in-depth genetic and health information on more than a half a million Brits.
After adjusting for a range of other factors that could influence participants' health, researchers found that light to moderate coffee consumption was associated with a 12% lower risk of death from any cause, 17% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and 21% lower risk of stroke.
Studies have found drinking moderate amounts of coffee can protect adults from type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, liver disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, back pain and more.
When it comes to heart disease, a large analysis of data from three major studies published in April found that drinking one or more cups of plain, caffeinated coffee a day was associated with a long-term reduced risk of heart failure.
A study published in July found that drinking at least one cup of coffee daily is associated with a lower risk of COVID-19 infection.
Researchers with Northwestern University near the US city of Chicago, published findings in the Nutrients journal, stemming from an analysis of nearly 40,000 participants in the UK Biobank.
The team studied participants' dietary habits in 2006-2010 and hypothesized the subsequent risk of coronavirus infection in 2020.
Researchers specifically looked at participants’ consumption of coffee, tea, processed meat, red meat, fruit, vegetables and oily fish.
After adjusting for factors like race, age, sex and other
factors like physical activity, BMI level and history of certain medical
conditions, researchers found "habitual consumption of 1 or more cups of
coffee per day was associated with about a 10% decrease in risk of COVID-19
compared to less than 1 cup/day."