17 April 2009

Are you Coffee lovers? Drinks lots of black liquid pot? Coffee at one time was thought to possibly be detrimental or causing problems to your health and potentially lead to strokes, but there is new evidence that women who drink coffee regularly may actually be arming themselves, to fight off the potential of a stroke.

A newly released study, evaluated the correlation between women’s stroke risk and coffee drinking, conducted from 1980 to 2004, over 83,000 women, averaging around 55 years old. The women who participated in the study reported no history of stroke, heart disease, diabetes or cancer, prior to the study. Based on the food surveys, 84% of the women drank at least some caffeinated coffee and half of them said, they also drank decaffeinated coffee, with 78% drinking tea and 54% drinking soft drinks with caffeine. Over the 24-year span of the study, their were 2,280 strokes documented, with more than half of the strokes being the type that follow blood vessel blockage called ischemic strokes.

Journal of the American Heart Association on March 3rd also publish that women who regularly drank at least four cups of coffee a day, reduced their risk of stroke by 20%, compared to those women who drank less than a cup monthly. If women drank from five to seven cups of coffee weekly, they reduced their risk of stroke by 19%. Those women who drank from two to three cups of coffee daily reduced their risk of stroke by 10%.

Drinking coffee actually seemed to help fight against strokes in healthy women, but the same benefits for those women who smoked didn’t exist. Smokers seemed to almost wipe out any benefit they may reap from drinking coffee regularly, with their smoking habits. Smokers who had similar coffee habits as those women who had never smoked or had quit, risks only dropped by 3%, while those women who had never smoked but drank four or more cups of coffee daily, risks of strokes fell by 43%. Hm, well from now on you should think once again to smoke, you got 43% or 3% decrease of heart risk?

This research has not been determine to caffeinated tea and soft drinks. They didn’t seem to award the same benefit, which lead researchers to believe something other than caffeine in the coffee is the protective shield.

The study authors also noted certain conditions, such as insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure and cardiac complications, which can be negatively affected by coffee consumption. But the data we do have is very convincing in the sense that we feel comfortable that we definitely found no association between high coffee consumption and a higher stroke risk. So women can continue to enjoy their coffee and focus on other things to reduce stroke risk, such as engaging in more physical activity, reducing salt intake and stopping smoking.

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