Heart Failure Risk reduced with regular moderate Coffee Drinkers

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(Best Syndication News) - Drinking coffee in moderation on a regular basis might lower your chance for developing heart failure, a recent study suggests. The findings were published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Heart Failure.

The researchers compared results from prior studies that correlated coffee consumption and heart failure. The good news is that the researchers found significantly lower risk of developing heart failure with moderate coffee drinking. The bad news is that they found excessive coffee consumption might increase the risk of developing serious heart problems.

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, said that their research demonstrates the opposite of the commonly thought. Previously it was believed that drinking coffee is detrimental to heart health. He said that their research showed that coffee might actually be helpful, at least in moderate levels.

Murray said that moderate consumption in their study was around two typical coffee shop beverages (around 8 ounces) sold in the US. The benefit of drinking two cups of coffee might reduce the risk of developing heart failure by up to 11 percent. On the other side, he said that drinking five to six of the commercial coffee cups per day did not offer any protection and it might even be hazardous.

To come up with the study results, the researchers investigated five high-quality prospective studies that were published between 2001 and 2011. In these studies, 6,522 people out of 140,220 people had heart failure. In four of the studies, the participants lived in Sweden, while the remaining study had participants who lived in Finland.

Some variations were not considered in the study, such as the brew strength. The US usually has weaker brew than Europe. The researchers also did not know if the participants were drinking decaffeinated or caffeinated. The researchers said that most of the coffee drank in Europe is with caffeine.

Heart failure patients are recommended by The American Heart Association to drink no more than one or two cups of coffee or other caffeinated beverages daily.

Other studies have also found that regular coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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