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.
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.
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.
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.
Suicide can’t be predicted by asking about suicidal thoughts : Study
Most people who died of suicide deny they experience suicidal thoughts when asked by doctors in the weeks and months leading up to their death, a major Australian study has found.
The findings, co-authored by clinical psychiatrist and Professor Matthew Large from UNSW’s School of Psychiatry, Sydney that published in the journal BJPsych Open The meta-analysis challenge the widely-held assumption that psychiatrists can predict who will suicide by asking if they are preoccupied with thoughts of killing themselves.
The study showed that 80% of patients who were not undergoing psychiatric treatment and who died of suicide reported not to have suicidal thoughts when asked by their psychiatrist or GP.
“If you meet someone who has suicidal ideation there is a 98 per cent chance that they are not going to suicide,” said Professor Large, an international expert on suicide risk assessment who also works in the emergency department of a major Sydney hospital.
“But what we didn’t know was how frequently people who go on to suicide have denied having suicidal thoughts when asked directly,” he added.
“This study proves we can no longer ration psychiatric care based on the presence of suicidal thoughts alone. We need to provide high-quality, patient-centred care for everyone experiencing mental illness, whether or not they reveal they are experiencing suicidal thoughts,” Professor Large said.
About one in 10 people will have suicidal ideation in their lifetime. But the study showed suicidal ideation alone was not rational grounds for deciding who gets treatment and who does not, Professor Large said.
“We know that suicide feeling is pretty common and that suicide is actually a rare event, even among people with severe mental illness,” Professor Large added.
Suicidal ideation tells us an awful lot about how a person is feeling, their psychological distress, sometimes their diagnosis and their need for treatment but it’s not a meaningful test of future behaviour.
Suicidal feelings can fluctuate rapidly and people may suicide very impulsively after only a short period of suicidal thoughts.
But, people had good reasons not to disclose thoughts of suicide, fearing stigma, triggering over-reactions or upsetting family and friends, and being involuntarily admitted for psychiatric treatment, Professor Large said.
Professor Large emphasized that clinicians should not assume that patients experiencing mental distress without reporting suicidal ideas were not at elevated risk of suicide.