Saturday, December 2, 2017

More Good News About Coffee...!

I found an article over at Gizmodo that says coffee is once again supposed to be beneficial for those of us that partake.

Of course, I've always felt that coffee was good for me. At least, it made me feel more alert and awake. I like the feeling, the taste, and the fact that coffee is cheaper than whisky doesn't hurt my feelings, either!

Coffee Is Officially Good For You (Again)

By Gizmodo Australia on 24 Nov 2017 at 2:30PM

The pendulum of scientific opinion swings pretty dramatically when it comes to the effect (if any) coffee has on our health.

But now a review of 200 separate studies has shown even three or four cups a day is still more likely to benefit your health than harm it. Woohoo!

The researchers concluded that drinking coffee regularly resulted in a lower risk of heart disease and even death compared with drinking no coffee at all. They also found that drinking coffee lowered the risk of some cancers (including prostate, endometrial, skin and liver cancer), type 2 diabetes, gallstones, gout, liver disease and dementia. Additionally, there seemed to be beneficial associations between coffee consumption and Parkinson’s disease, depression and Alzheimer's disease.

However, there were some exceptions, namely women who are pregnant or at risk of fracture.

There was less evidence for the effects of drinking decaffeinated coffee but it had similar benefits for a number of outcomes. Increasing consumption to above three cups a day was not associated with harm, but the beneficial effect was less pronounced.

But - it is important to note - the studies used mainly observational data, which means lower quality evidence, which means no firm conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect. The findings do back up other recent reviews and studies of coffee intake, though.

So the official line is "coffee drinking appears safe within usual patterns of consumption, except during pregnancy and in women at increased risk of fracture", and testing in randomised trials should happen now to strengthen the evidence of benefits.

The research team was led by Dr Robin Poole, Specialist Registrar in Public Health at the University of Southampton, with collaborators from the University of Edinburgh.

Eliseo Guallar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says although we can be reassured that coffee intake is generally safe, doctors should not recommend drinking coffee to prevent disease - and people should not start drinking coffee for health reasons.

I don't really care if the health folks approve or not, I'm not changing or giving up my coffee habit until the government makes it illegal. Same with tobacco! As long as I can afford a smoke and a cup of coffee, I'm good to go.

Coffee out on the patio again, my friends.


Rob said...

I like my coffee! I have cut way back as I've gotten older but I still have some every morning.
I'm down in Florida now & coffee out on the patio sounds like a fine idea this morning!

HermitJim said...

Hey Rob...
I can't really imagine a morning without coffee!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Sixbears said...

I think it would be wise if I poured myself a second cup right now, just to be safe.

JO said...

I love my morning coffee and when I have to do labs and they say no coffee I am not very happy .I make the earliest appt I can and bring my cup and have it ready in the truck. I must admit I have cut back but the more you bring up these reports the more I think I should start drinking more.

HermitJim said...

Hey Sixbears...
Yeah, you don't want to take any chances.
Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Jo...
I hate it when they say that. Good for you , bringing coffee with you for after the test! Be prepared I always say.
Thanks for dropping by this morning, sweetie!

Momlady said...

I have my mug of coffee at hand as I type. I did give it up temporarily when I quit smoking. You didn't want to be around me then. Happily it wasn't long before I could begin drinking it again. Smoke free for 12 years and loving' the coffee.

HermitJim said...

Hey Momlady...
I can't bring myself to quit the smokes nor the coffee. Man has to have some vices, ya know? Good for you that you quit, though. Certainly stronger than I am!
Thanks for the visit today, my friend!

Cerulse said...

I gave up the cigs a few years back. Dropped my coffee consumption radically when I retired. Tonight I'm enjoying a nice cup of Hibiscus tea... but coffee is definitely on the menu for tomorrow morning!

HermitJim said...

Hey Kathy...
Good for you on stopping the cigs. I probably drink more coffee now than before I retired, but that's OK. Like I said, gotta have some vices.
Thanks for coming over today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

I made my 12 oz. cup this morning with five huge scoops of coffee. Why waste water (grin). I quit smoking many years ago but quitting Copenhagen snuff was a lot harder to do. I could eat, drink, sing in the choir, etc. with snuff in my mouth. Of course I didn't have fresh smelling breath. . . but I did quit that, too.