This blog has posted a number of favorable reports on coffee, even though I’m not a coffee enthusiast. In general, coffee has favorable health effects when it is not paired with alcohol or tobacco.
A recent coffee study (Gastroenterol 2015; 148: 118-25) shows an association between coffee intake and reduced incidence of liver cancer and death from chronic liver disease in the U.S.
Here’s a link to a summary of the article: GastroHepNews Coffee and Liver Disease
- During an 18-year follow-up period, there were 451 incident cases of hepatocellular carcinoma and 654 deaths from chronic liver disease.
- Compared with non-coffee drinkers, the researchers noted that those who drank 2–3 cups per day had a 38% reduction in risk for hepatocellular carcinoma.
- Those who drank ≥4 cups per day had a 41% reduction in hepatocellular carcinoma risk.
- Compared with non-coffee drinkers, participants who consumed 2–3 cups coffee per day had a 46% reduction in risk of death from chronic liver disease, and those who drank ≥4 cups per day had a 71% reduction.
- The inverse associations were similar regardless of the participants’ ethnicity, sex, body mass index, smoking status, alcohol intake, or diabetes status.
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- Live longer -drink more coffee | gutsandgrowth
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- More about coffee | gutsandgrowth
- Hepatology Update Summer 2014: Hepatology 2014; 60: 661-69. Coffee but not tea conferred protection from cirrhosis mortality. “Compared to non-daily coffee drinkers, those who drank two or more cups per day had a 66% reduction in mortality risk.” This study also had an accompanying editorial (pg 464-67) which reviews the biologic plausibility and potential mechanisms
More liver-related news: Man with infected hepatitis C sentenced to 3 years for spitting in officer’s face (from The Republic/AP News)