Up to three cups of coffee per day is associated with a lower risk of stroke and fatal heart disease, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2021.
You may think that because a stroke tends to happen suddenly, there’s nothing you can do to prevent it. But the reality is, everything from what you eat to how you sleep can affect your stroke risk, which is why there’s no better time than the present to make some changes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there are four simple steps you should follow when it comes to stroke prevention, known as the ABCS: Take Aspirin, control your blood pressure, control your cholesterol, and quit smoking. But new research has found that adding one drink to your routine can also slash your risk of a stroke by more than 20 percent, as long as you consume it in moderation. Read on to find out what you should be sipping on more regularly!
Even though coffee is among the most consumed beverages in the world, little is known about the long-term impact of regular consumption on cardiovascular health.
If you depend on your morning jolt of java to get you through the day, you’re not alone. According to the National Coffee Association, 70 percent of Americans drink coffee at least once a week, and 62 of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day. For those on the fence about adding coffee to their daily routines, a new study presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2021 may help sway you.
The study’s authors wanted to examine the association between typical coffee intake and cases of heart attack, stroke, and death. This study included 468,629 participants, who the researchers followed for 11 years. The average age of the subjects was 56.2 years old, and around 58 percent of them were women.
Adjusting for weight, age, sex, height, smoking status, and other health factors, scientists divided the group into three categories: people who never drank coffee, people who drank between 0.5 to three cups a day, and people who drank more than three cups a day.
They found that the moderate coffee drinking group had a 17 percent lower risk of death from heart disease and a 21 percent lower risk of stroke than the non-coffee drinking group. Overall, the moderate group saw a 12 percent lower risk of death from all causes than the non-coffee drinking group.
“Our findings suggest that coffee consumption of up to three cups per day is associated with favorable cardiovascular outcomes,” said study author Judit Simon, a PhD candidate, of the Heart and Vascular Centre, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary, at the presentation. “While further studies are needed to explain the underlying mechanisms, the observed benefits might be partly explained by positive alterations in cardiac structure and function.”
It may be the caffeine that saves your heart.
But not all coffee is equally good for you.
Before you pat yourself on the back for drinking coffee every day, it’s important to think about how you prepare it. Adding tons of sugar or dairy products to your coffee can create other types of health problems that undercut the benefits of drinking coffee in the first place.
Drinking sugary, milk-heavy coffee drinks “will increase the chances of you becoming overweight, which in turn increases your risk of developing cancer, as well as other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes,” Rachel Thompson, PhD, science program manager at World Cancer Research Fund, said in a statement earlier this year.