Skip to comments.Drinking coffee reduces risk of Alzheimer's: study
Posted on 01/16/2009 9:46:11 AM PST by Schnucki
STOCKHOLM Middle-aged people who drink moderate amounts of coffee significantly reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a study by Finnish and Swedish researchers showed Thursday.
"Middle-aged people who drank between three and five cups of coffee a day lowered their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease by between 60 and 65 percent later in life," said lead researcher on the project, Miia Kivipelto, a professor at the University of Kuopio in Finland and at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
The study, which was also conducted in cooperation with the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki and which was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease this month, was based on repeated interviews with 1,409 people in Finland over more than two decades.
They were first asked about their coffee-drinking habits when they were in their 50s and their memory functions were tested again in 1998, when they were between 65 and 79 years of age.
A total of 61 people had by then developed dementia, 48 of whom had Alzheimer's, the researchers said.
"There are perhaps one or two other studies that have shown that coffee can improve some memory functions (but) this is the first study directed at dementia and Alzheimer's (and) in which the subjects are followed for such a long time," Kivipelto told AFP.
She said it remained unclear exactly how moderate coffee drinking helped delay or avoid the onset of dementia, but pointed out that coffee contains strong antioxidants, which are known to counter Alzheimer's.
Some studies have also shown that coffee helps protects the nerve system, which can also protect against dementia, she said, pointing out that yet other studies show that coffee protects against diabetes, which in turn is known to be linked to Alzheimer's.
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Wow, they included a picture of a cigarette next to the coffee. That’s odd.
Coffee is a health food. They should stock it in GNC.
........earlier this week their were articles claiming that coffee causes cancer.....so I die of cancer or I lose my mind from Alzheimers......tough choice
Thank the good Lord I live in Seattle.
hmmm. If I can get a prescription for coffee, I could buy it tax-free through my health reimbursement account....
I’ve drunk so much joe I remember stuff that didn’t even happen to me.
Or, maybe people who are at a low risk for Alzheimer’s have lifestyles or jobs that lead them to consume more coffee?
Didn't see those. But there have been plenty of studies linking coffee to cancer prevention.
Have your doctor prescribe all your groceries!
I drink O.J. Simpson coffee — strong, black and bitter.
First time I've ever been called moderate!
Didn’t see those. But there have been plenty of studies linking coffee to cancer prevention.
Indeed. Last week they were touting coffee’s ability to suppress oral and esophagael(sic) cancer
Do you have to drink it everyday? What if you forget sometimes?
>>.....so I die of cancer or I lose my mind from Alzheimers......tough choice<<
Not a choice at all for me.
Have both in my family.
I’ll take the cancer anytime. It’s your own disease.
The alternative is all on your family.
Didn’t help my dad.
Then don't come near me.
This is really good news...considering how I walk around hooked up to a Caffeine IV drip!
If you forget sometimes, then ITS TOO LATE!!!
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