The Zoomer Report: Coffee Benefits

Want a drug that could lower your risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and colon cancer? That could lift your mood and treat headaches? Maybe even lower your risk of cavities?

If it sounds too good to be true, think again. I’m talking about coffee.

After analyzing data on 126,000 people for as long as 18 years, Harvard researchers calculate that downing one to three cups of caffeinated coffee daily can reduce diabetes risk by single digits. Though the scientists say “more research is needed”, their findings are very similar to those in a less-publicized Dutch study. And, it’s the latest of hundreds of studies suggesting that coffee may be something of a health food.

At least six studies indicate that people who drink coffee on a regular basis are up to 80 per cent less likely to develop Parkinson’s. Other research shows that at least two cups daily can translate to a 25 per cent reduced risk of colon cancer, an 80 per cent drop in liver cirrhosis risk, and nearly half the risk of gallstones.

Some research indicates that coffee even offsets some of the damage caused by other vices — that people who smoke or are heavy drinkers have less heart disease and liver damage when they regularly consume coffee.

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About The Zoomer Report

Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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