Contrary to popular belief, drinking coffee on a daily basis can have some physical health benefits, such as preventing diabetes while lowering the risk of developing liver disease later in life. Over the last year, a recorded 400 billion cups of coffee were consumed by the world’s population. So, it’s a mere understatement that coffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks – but is it really helping the body or damaging it?
The Benefits of Daily Coffee
While these are benefits, coffee drinkers should know that these are only potential benefits and are not guaranteed to work. Some of these potential health benefits are the following: more proception against type 2 diabetes, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, liver failure, and the promotion of healthy heart stability.
1. Combination of Diabetes and Coffee
As previously mentioned, coffee may aid in the prevention of developing type2 diabetes. A study that was done by researchers based at UCLA has identified that coffee consumption can increase plasma levels in the protein sex hormone-binding globulin, also known as SHBG. SHBG is known to control the activity of the biological body’s sex hormones, known as testosterone and estrogen, which plays a major part in the development of type 2 diabetes. One of the authors of the study, Dr. Simin Liu, stated that a unique inverse association exists regarding coffee consumption and the lowered risk of type two diabetes.
According to research gathered from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), the data has been collected from three different studies taken over the course of a few years. Participants whose diets consisted of an increased amount of coffee consumption, about an increase of 1.69 cups, over a four year period had an overall 11% decrease of type 2 diabetes risk compared to the other participants who did not change their diets.
2.The Correlation between Parkinson’s Disease and Coffee
In the United States, researchers carried out a study that focused on the correlation between coffee consumption and the risk of Parkinson’s disease. The authors of the study stated a simple observation regarding the higher the caffeine consumption, the decreased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease as the person age. Additionally, the caffeine found in coffee has been shown to control movement, and in some cases improve movement, with people who are currently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which has come from a study that was overseen by the Research Institution of the McGill University Health Center, that happened to be published in the Neurology journal – which can be found online using an academic database.
3.Liver Cancer and Coffee Connection
Researchers based in Italy, a country known for its high rates of coffee consumption, found that people who consumed coffee daily actually lowered their risk of developing liver cancer by a whopping 40%. In other cases, drinking three cups of joe a day, the risks ever lowered even more than 50%. One of the lead authors, Dr. Carlo La Vecchia of Milan’s Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche stated that their research just furthers claims that coffee is actually good for daily health.
Regulated consumption of coffee has been linked to a reduced rate of the development of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), which is a rare autoimmune disease that affects the liver bile ducts. Additionally, a regular consumption of coffee has been shown to lower the frequency of cirrhosis in the liver for alcohol enthusiasts by at least 22%, according to a study held by the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program based in California.
5.Healthy Hearts and Coffee
Two famed universities: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and at Harvard School of Public Health both came to the revelation that drinking coffee, of course in moderation, has shown to protect against heart failure. The specification of in moderation being two Europeans Cups – which in American standards mean two 8 ounces. However, people who drank four European sized cups were shown to have an 11% lowered risk of heart failure in comparison to those who did not. The authors concluded that like all drinks we consume, it may have benefits but only consumed in moderation.