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Does drinking 1-2 cups of coffee daily decrease heart disease and diabetes?
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***Proceed with caution***
The medical literature on this is based largely on observational studies and not randomized, controlled trials, which may mean that these benefits we see today may be reversed tomorrow as more data come in. Keep that in mind. Several sources indicate that those who drink 1-3 cups of coffee per day enjoy a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and death. The benefit seems to be greater in women than men, In fact, some studies show an overall heart disease increase when only looking at men, and a decrease when only looking at (non pregnant) women. So coffee may be healthy in women, harmful in men, but when put together it shows a net benefit. Does that make sense?
I myself am a coffee abstainer. While there very well may be ingredients in coffee that provide protection for the heart, I remain convinced that there are other things in our diet that may lead to better health than coffee. If you have very high blood pressure, you may want to stay away from coffee as this may increase your risk for heart disease.
If you’re looking to bet the farm on coffee saving you from a heart attack, don’t do it.