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Moderate Coffee Drinking Good for Your Heart; Favorite Senior Drink Wins Again

Good news may warrant changes to current heart failure prevention guidelines of American Heart Association that say coffee drinking may be risky for heart patients; bit of bad news - excess coffee bad!

June 27, 2012 - If you drink coffee regularly in moderation, you could significantly reduce your risk of heart failure, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation Heart Failure. But there may be serious problems for those who drink too much. This adds to the growing number of research reports concluding coffee is good for your health, including one last month declaring coffee drinkers live longer.

Researchers, analyzing previous studies on the link between coffee consumption and heart failure, found that moderate coffee drinking as part of a daily routine may be linked with a significantly lower risk of heart failure. In contrast, indulging excessively may be linked with an increased chance of developing serious heart problems.

 

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"While there is a commonly held belief that regular coffee consumption may be dangerous to heart health, our research suggests that the opposite may be true," said Murray Mittleman, M.D., Dr.P.H., senior study author and director of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

"We found that moderate consumption - which we define as the equivalent of about two typical American coffee shop beverages - may actually protect against heart failure by as much as 11 percent," he said.

"On the other hand, excessive coffee drinking   - five to six commercial coffee house cups per day has no benefit and may even be dangerous. As with so many things, moderation appears to be the key here, too."

Researchers reviewed five high quality prospective studies of coffee consumption and heart failure risk published between 2001 and 2011. Combined, the studies included 6,522 heart failure events among 140,220 males and females. Four of the studies were conducted in Sweden and one in Finland.

The study defines moderate consumption as four Northern European servings per day, the equivalent to about two typical 8-ounce American servings.

Excessive coffee consumption is 10 Northern European servings per day, the equivalent to four or five coffees from popular American coffee restaurant chains (servings sizes vary from 9 to 20 fluid ounces per serving).

Researchers didn't account for brew strength, but coffee is typically weaker in the United States than it is in Europe. They also didn't differentiate between caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, but most of the coffee consumed in Sweden and Finland is caffeinated.

"There are many factors that play into a person's risk of heart failure, but moderate coffee consumption doesn't appear to be one of them," said Elizabeth Mostofsky, Sc.D., lead study author and research fellow at Beth Israel.

"This is good news for coffee drinkers, of course, but it also may warrant changes to the current heart failure prevention guidelines, which suggest that coffee drinking may be risky for heart patients. It now appears that a couple of cups of coffee per day may actually help protect against heart failure."

The American Heart Association recommends that heart failure patients consume only a moderate amount of caffeine -- no more than a cup or two of coffee or other caffeinated beverage a day.

Researchers didn't definitively say why coffee offers a heart-health benefit. But evidence suggests that frequent coffee drinkers develop a tolerance to the beverage's caffeine, which may put them at a decreased risk of developing high blood pressure.

Habitual coffee consumption is also associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, with most studies showing the greatest reduction in risk with higher levels of coffee consumption.

"Diabetes and hypertension are among the most important risk factors for heart failure, so it stands to reason that reducing one's odds of developing either of them, in turn, reduces one's chance of heart failure," Mittleman said.

Other co-authors are Megan Rice, Sc.D., and Emily Levitan, Sc.D.

The study was partly supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Read the current American Heart Association guidelines on preventing heart failure  or learn about caffeine and heart disease .


Links to More Archived Stories About Coffee

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Older Women See Depressions Go Down as Coffee Drinking Goes Up

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Coffee Drinking Fights Off Prostate and Breast Cancer: Happy Older Americans Month

Senior citizens say they will give up sex before coffee; must be delighted with latest news on how it protects both sexes from most prominent cancers

May 19, 2011


More Evidence that Coffee Protects from Diabetes; Caffeine Probably the Cause

Encouraging news for seniors who are major targets of diabetes and love coffee

June 8, 2010


New Study Says Caffeine Slows Alzheimer's, Other Dementias, Restores Cognitive Function

Positive impact of caffeine on cognition and memory performance, other benefits of caffeine in special supplement to the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease - (Amsterdam) May 17, 2010


Regular Coffee, Decaf and Tea All Associated With Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

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Favorite Drink of Senior Citizens, Coffee Appears to Fight Advanced Prostate Cancer

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Caffeine Miraculously Restores Memory in Old Mice with Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms

Coffee, the favorite drink of senior citizens, sure to get more popular with discovery of the memory recovery power of five cups a day that reduces beta-amyloid protein in blood

July 6, 2009


Good News for Seniors: Coffee Kills Pain When You Exercise, May Help Performance, Too

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April 1, 2009


Older Women Lower Stroke Risk by Drinking Coffee Frequently and Not Smoking

It only works for healthy women but two cups a day does the trick; unfortunately, many heavy coffee drinkers tend to smoke

Feb. 17, 2009


Seniors Will Appreciate Study Finding Coffee Drinkers Less Likely to Get Alzheimer’s in Old Age

Drinking 3-5 cups per day shows best results – lowers Alzheimer’s risk by 65%

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Women Drinking Large Amounts of Coffee May Lower Their Risk of Death

Study finds coffee drinkers – caffeinated and decaf - with slightly lower death rates; men about even

June 17, 2008 - Video link in story


Chemists Say They Now Know How to Remove Bitterness from Coffee

Great news for senior citizens who already prefer coffee to sex

Aug. 22, 2007


Older Women Who Drink Three Cups of Coffee Daily Protect Memory

Caffeine appears to reduce cognitive decline, but not in men

Aug. 7, 2007


Drinking Coffee May Offer Senior Men Protection from Gout Arthritis

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Senior Citizens Drinking Lots of Caffeine Lower Risk of Heart Disease Death

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Senior Citizens Find Surprisingly ‘Good News’ in 30 Years of Coffee Research

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Most Adults Won’t Give Up Sex for Staying Young, Senior Citizens Won’t Give Up Coffee

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Adding Sugar to Your Coffee Could Lead to Pancreatic Cancer

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Senior Coffee Addicts Who Choose Decaf to Avoid Caffeine May Be in for a Jolt

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Coffee Drinking Associated with Lower Risk for Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

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Even Excessive Coffee Drinking Does Not Increase Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

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Is Coffee the Solution to Everything from Cancer to Female Sex Drive?

Jan. 18, 2006

More Coffee Benefits (Science Daily)

New Evidence That Drinking Coffee May Reduce the Risk of Diabetes (June 10, 2010) — Scientists are reporting new evidence that drinking coffee may help prevent diabetes and that caffeine may be the ingredient largely responsible for this ... > read more

Coffee Consumption Associated With Reduced Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer (Dec. 8, 2009) — While it is too early for physicians to start advising their male patients to take up the habit of regular coffee drinking, new data revealed a strong inverse association between coffee consumption ... > read more

Higher Coffee Consumption Associated With Lower Liver Cancer Risk (June 27, 2008) — A new large, prospective population-based study confirms an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and liver cancer risk. The study also found that higher levels of gamma-glutamyltransferase ... > read more

Coffee Drinking Related To Reduced Risk Of Liver Cancer (Aug. 2, 2007) — A new study on the relationship between coffee drinking and the risk of liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) confirmed that there is an inverse association between coffee consumption and HCC, ... > read more

 

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