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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So if you lose your marbles and go to Starbucks, you might be able to find your marbles in the bottom of your Obama cup?
No it's not - I've seen both in my family, and I promise you, cancer is BETTER.
Another anecdote: I know an aqauintance, 67, she drank coffe heavily, bedridden for two yrs now with Alz’s, basically incapable of anything.
Ben Franklin said the same thing about beer!
Old Ben was a pretty smart fellow. The only difference is that I can have two or three cups of coffee in the morning and still go to work. ;-)
I seem to remember a study that showed nicotine was also helpful in curbing Alzheimers...
My father didn't drink much coffee, but it wasn't too long after he quit smoking that he was diagnosed with Alzheiners...
“I drink O.J. Simpson coffee strong, black and bitter.”
I tried that once, but I kept getting sharp stabbing pains.
You could try Viagra coffee instead. But it will keep you up all night.
Some drink to forget.
Gandma says, “Your Grandfather tells a story once, and he likes it. He tells it twice, and he believes it.”
Too much coffee, I guess.
I am sorry to hear it.
“You could try Viagra coffee instead. But it will keep you up all night”
I tried that too, but I got a stiff neck.
ok, I’m through. lol!
I’ve got 18% less chance of dying and I’ll know it!