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Saturday, March 5, 2016
Can drinking lots of coffee lower risk for MS?
In this case, a new study in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry suggests being a java drinker may lower the risk for multiple sclerosis (MS).
Researchers in Sweden and at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, analyzed data from two studies and found that the risk of MS, a potentially disabling disease of the nervous system, was higher in adults who downed fewer cups of coffee every day.
The studies in the analysis included one from Sweden, involving 1,620 adults with MS and a comparison group of 2,788 healthy people, and a U.S. study including 1,159 people with MS and 1,172 healthy people.
The results showed that in the Swedish study, coffee consumption was associated with a reduced risk of MS, with a 28 to 30 percent lower risk among people who consumed more than six cups of coffee a day. Risk was lower among people who drank more coffee at the time symptoms started and those who drank more five and 10 years beforehand.
The U.S. study showed similar results, with a 26 to 31 percent lower risk for MS among people who drank more than six cups a day at least five years beforehand, and at the start of symptoms, compared with those who never drank coffee.
The more coffee a person consumed, the lower their risk for MS, the researchers reported.
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