Coffee and Dementia?

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Is coffee a wonder drug or a problem? Some new research focuses on heavy caffeine users and the risk of dementia. So does coffee help or hurt your brain? Let’s find out.

Prior Blogs on the Health Effects of Coffee

Coffee is an interesting health subject. Here’s what we know based on my research:

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The New Research

A research team from the University of South Australia looked at the effects of caffeine on the brain among almost 18 thousand UK biobank participants. Those who drank 6 cups of coffee or more had a 53% increased risk of dementia as well as an increased risk for stroke. Specifically, the researchers found a strong correlation between the amount of coffee consumed and reduced brain volume. That’s an indicator of brain atrophy, which is a bad thing.

The Positives and Negatives of Coffee

The good? If you have the right genes, coffee in moderation at 1-2 cups a day is probably a good thing. If you have a tendency toward metabolic syndrome and prediabetes, coffee is likely not your friend. Doubly so if you have a slow metabolizer gene.

The upshot? If you drink 2 quad espressos a day, that’s a problem. So back off a bit!

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Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications. View Profile

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