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Health benefits of drinking coffee everyday

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Coffee has been a debatable beverage for a long time. While some believe drinking coffee might have many harmful effects on your body, there have been reports that it can actually enhance your health.

But, as per various studies, when taken in moderation, coffee can help prevent diabetes and also lower the risk of liver disease.

Health benefits of drinking coffee everyday

Protects against Type 2 diabetes

Various studies, including research gathered by Harvard School of Public Health, found that increased coffee consumption may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Researchers found that people (in a study of over 7,200 participants) who increased their coffee intake by more than 1-2 cups a day (over a 4-year period) had an 11% lower type 2 diabetes risk.

Likewise, Researchers at UCLA have identified that drinking coffee increases level of plasma of the protein sex hormone-binding globulin.

It controls the biological activity of body’s sex hormones, which in turn helps in the development of type 2 diabetes.

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Other studies, specifically those conducted by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have found that some serious coffee drinkers had a 23-50% reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

With type 2 diabetes accounting for 90-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes in adults, that extra cup of coffee could be a lifesaver.

Coffee reduces parkinson’s disease risk

Coffee is also linked to reduction of Parkinson’s disease risk. One study have claimed that higher coffee consumption is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinsons’s disease. It also helps in controlling movement in people suffering from the disease.

Coffee protects against heart disease

It is often claimed that caffeine can increase blood pressure. To be honest, this is true, but the effect is minimal (3-4 mm/Hg) and usually goes away if you drink coffee regularly.

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard School of Public Health concluded that drinking coffee in moderation (two cups per day) protects against heart failure. People who drank two cups on a daily basis had an 11% lower risk of heart failure, compared to those who did not.

Other studies have also shown that coffee drinkers have a 20% lower risk of stroke.

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Coffee protects you from liver cancer

Coffee can reduce the risk of liver cancer by about 40%. Regular consumption of coffee can also be linked to reduce risk of primary sclerosing cholanitis (PSC), which is an autoimmune disease of the bile ducts in the liver.

It is even suggested that drinking three cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of liver cancer by more than 50%.

Likewise, coffee consumption can lover the incidence of cirrhosis by 22% according to a study conducted by Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, California, USA.

Helps to burn fat

Caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat burning supplement as it is one of the very few natural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning.

Various studies showed that caffeine can specifically increase the burning of fat, by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people. Just one cup of black coffee can boost calorie burning by 4% over the course of 2.5 hours.

Helps to fight against depression

Women who drank 4 or more cups per day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed, according to a Harvard study published in 2011. Depression is a serious mental disorder that causes a significantly reduced quality of life.

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Another study with over 208,000 individuals found that those who drank 4 or more cups per day were 53% less likely to commit suicide.

Improve memory, mood and energy levels

Drinking coffee makes you feel more energetic and endorses a positive mood because it releases dopamine within your brain linked to caffeine. Caffeine also increases Epinephrine (Adrenaline) levels in the blood. This is the “fight or flight” hormone, designed to make our bodies ready for intense physical exertion.

On average one cup of coffee can improve physical performance by 12%.

Coffee consumption also improves cognitive function, particularly alertness and vigilance, mood and perception of fatigue.Health benefits of drinking coffee everyday

Some studies have also shown that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

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Diabetes drug might ease heart failure risk

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A new research has showed that the diabetes drug Farxiga might do double-duty for patients, helping to ward off another killer, heart failure.

According to the findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine to coincide with their presentation at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Chicago, Type 2 diabetics who took Farxiga saw their odds of hospitalization for heart failure drop by 27 percent compared to those who took a placebo.

Farxiga is a type of drug called a SGLT2 inhibitor. The compound is called dapagliflozin.

The study included more than 17,000 type 2 diabetes patients aged 40 and older. Nearly 7,000 had heart disease and more than 10,000 had numerous risk factors for heart disease, Wiviott’s group said.

Patients were randomly assigned to take a dummy placebo pill or 10 milligrams of Farxiga each day.

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“When it comes to helping our patients control and manage blood glucose, the ‘how’ appears to be as important [as] the ‘how much,” said study author Dr Stephen Wiviott, a cardiovascular medicine specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“When choosing a therapy, trial results like these can help us make an informed decision about what treatments are not only safe and effective for lowering blood glucose but can also reduce risk of heart and kidney complications,” Wiviott said in a hospital news release.

Taking the drug did not reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular-related death, the research team noted. However, patients who took the drug did see healthy declines in their blood sugar levels, plus an added bonus: a 27 percent decrease in their risk of hospitalization for heart failure.

Their risk of kidney failure and death from kidney failure also fell, researchers noted.

Two other recent studies of this class of drugs show that they “robustly and consistently improve heart and kidney outcomes in a broad population of patients with diabetes,” Wiviott noted.

With Inputs from HealthDay

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