Coffee conundrum (2)

A recent study said that an “inverse association” exists between coffee consumption and risk for Type 2 diabetes. Caffeine could reduce fertility in women and may not be healthy for Type 2 diabetics. Also, overdose can lead to many adverse effects, including death, especially in those with underlying medical conditions. The positives? Researchers in the US assessed the link between coffee consumption and Parkinson’s disease risk and concluded that “higher coffee and caffeine intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease.” Caffeine consumption can lead to increased anxiety, depression, and the need for anxiety medication. But the over 400 billion cups consumed every year makes coffee a morning boost, drinkers of C8H10N4O2 (the molecular formula for caffeine) swear. A cup of coffee in the morning may pack more than just an energy boost. Research is emerging to suggest several health benefits, from helping prevent diabetes to lowering the risk of liver disease. Caffeine increases the amount of sugary beverages consumed by people, which contributes to obesity and diabetes, inhibits collagen production in skin, and interferes with ossification that also leads to greater risk of bone fractures. But Italian researchers found that coffee consumption lower the risk of liver cancer, reduced risk of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare autoimmune disease of the bile ducts in the liver. The authors of the study concluded that the results “support the hypothesis that there is an ingredient in coffee that protects against cirrhosis,” which should be welcome news to alcoholics. The researchers suggest that drinking two or more cups of coffee every day can reduce the risk of death from liver cirrhosis by 66 percent. Research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that drinking coffee may protect against deteriorating eyesight and even blindness. A new study in the American Journal of Medicine finds that women who consume more caffeine are less likely to have tinnitus, the constant buzzing in the ears, and reduced risk of endometrial cancer, the most common cancer of the female reproductive organ in the US.

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