Coffee Reduces Risk of Liver Disease!


According to research, drinking three to four cups of caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee can reduce the risk of chronic liver disease and liver-related death.

Exams, excess work, night shifts, and long days: all demand a cup of coffee. Whether decaf or regular coffee, it is a part and parcel of many individuals’ lives. However, it is not uncommon to hear that excess coffee can have several side effects. This is not untrue. Excess coffee can lead to anxiety, tremors, headaches, hypertension, and sleep disturbances. However, there is a brighter side of the picture too which favours coffee drinking. It reduces the risk of chronic liver disease.

Research revealed that individuals who consume coffee are 21% less likely to develop chronic liver disease, and 49% less likely to suffer chronic liver disease-related death when compared with those who do not consume coffee.

Dr. Oliver Kennedy of the University of Southampton in the UK said:

“Coffee is widely accessible, and the benefits we see from our study may mean it could offer a potential preventative treatment for chronic liver disease. This would be especially valuable in countries with lower income and worse access to healthcare and where the burden of chronic liver disease is highest.”

The study revealed a maximum benefit in the group of people who drank ground caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. However, the study also outlined some benefits for those who drank instant coffee. One of the reasons can be the high content of kahweol and cafestol in ground coffee. These two are anti-oxidants with anti-inflammatory properties.

prior study had also outlined a reduced risk of hepatocellular cancer with coffee consumption.

Not only the risk of liver disease decreases with coffee intake, but 2-3 cups of caffeinated coffee a day reduces the risk of heart failure. Moreover, coffee can also lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s diseaseprostate cancer, Alzheimer’smultiple sclerosis, and skin cancers,

However, Cafestol in coffee is associated with an increase in LDL, also known as bad cholesterol.

Dr. Rob van Dam of Harvard’s School of Health.

“We did not find any relationship between coffee consumption and increased risk of death from any cause, death from cancer, or death from cardiovascular disease. Even people who drank up to six cups of coffee per day were at no higher risk of death.”

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Dr. Arsia Hanif has been a meritorious Healthcare professional with a proven track record throughout her academic life securing first position in her MCAT examination and then, in 2017, she successfully completed her Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from Dow University of Health Sciences. She has had the opportunity to apply her theoretical knowledge to the real-life scenarios, as a House Officer (HO) serving at Civil Hospital. Whilst working at the Civil Hospital, she discovered that nothing satisfies her more than helping other humans in need and since then has made a commitment to implement her expertise in the field of medicine to cure the sick and regain the state of health and well-being. Being a Doctor is exactly what you’d think it’s like. She is the colleague at work that everyone wants to know but nobody wants to be. If you want to get something done, you approach her – everyone knows that! She is currently studying with Medical Council of Canada and aspires to be a leading Neurologist someday. Alongside, she has taken up medical writing to exercise her skills of delivering comprehensible version of the otherwise difficult medical literature. Her breaks comprise either of swimming, volunteering services at a Medical Camp or spending time with family.


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