Can a Coffee a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

Coffee…

We drink it. We love it. Many of us are slaves to it.

But can a cup of Joe help prevent some of the most common illnesses.

A literature review published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that the general scientific consensus is that while coffee consumption is associated with a short-term decrease in glucose tolerance, regular consumption creates a tolerance to the decrease which allows for the association to decrease risk of type 2 diabetes to take full effect. The various studies have suggested anywhere between an 11% and 36% decrease in type 2 diabetes risk for those who regularly consume 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day.

The study also concluded that there is, to a lesser extent a link between regular coffee consumption and increased weight loss. This is suggested to be caused in part by the increase in satiety following the consumption of coffee.

A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology has found that regular coffee consumption has been linked to a decrease in the risk of Parkinson’s disease in men but not in women (sorry ladies).

Here is a quote from a study published by Cancer Letters.

“Current evidence suggests that coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk of liver, kidney, and to a lesser extent, premenopausal breast and colorectal cancers, while it is unrelated to prostate, pancreas and ovary cancers. Coffee drinking may still help reduce death due to liver cancer.”

So without getting into the nitty-gritty details, it is clear that regularly drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a day can help ward off some serious illnesses. I for one am on board, and ready to start some serious brewing.

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