Are you the type who can’t start the day without a morning cup of coffee? If so, you may be doing more than just fueling your body up for the morning commute. New research suggests that moderate coffee consumption may prevent heart failure and high blood pressure.
According to Science Daily, a recent study by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that, of the 140, 220 participants screened, 11 percent were at lower risk for heart failure if they were also moderate coffee drinkers.
“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,” explained senior author Murray Mittleman, MD.
For the purposes of the study, moderate was defined as those who consumed less than five cups of coffee per day. Servings of four or less European-style cups of coffee and two 8-ounce servings of American coffee daily were found to yield the maximum amount of protection.
Researchers found that protection from heart failure decreased after five cups of coffee, and determined that more than five cups daily could be harmful to long-term health. While researchers are uncertain why coffee benefits heart health, evidence suggests that there may be a link between diabetes and elevated blood pressure, both of which are predictors for heart failure and have been shown to decrease with coffee consumption.
“There is a good deal of research showing that drinking coffee lowers the risk for type 2 diabetes,” added Mittleman. “It stands to reason that if you lower the risk of diabetes, you also lower the risk of heart failure.”
The data was compiled from five prior prospective studies published between 2001 and 2011. Of the five studies, four were conducted in Sweden and one in Finland. According to the source, the data involved 6,522 heart failure-related events.
For patients with a history of heart failure, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than two cups of coffee or other caffeinated beverages daily to minimize the risk of recurrence.
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