Coffee: Protection Against the Risk of Severe Liver Disease

Coffee would help reduce the risk of developing and dying from chronic liver disease, according to a study published in-the British journal BMC Public Health. 

“A little black, please!” A British study suggests that coffee protects your liver from chronic diseases. In the journal BMC Public Health, Roderick and his colleagues published their analysis of data from 494,585 participants, all between the ages of 40 and 69. Three hundred eighty-four thousand eight hundred eighteen of them declared to be coffee drinkers initially, against 109,767 who did not consume this drink.

The analysis found that after factors such as body mass index, alcohol consumption, and smoking were taken into account, people who drank coffee, regardless of how much and what in itself, had a 20% lower risk of developing chronic liver disease or fatty liver disease (all categories) than people who did not consume coffee.

Coffee drinkers also had a 49% lower risk of dying from chronic liver disease. “This study confirms in a large British cohort that coffee consumption protects against serious liver disease,” said Professor Paul Roderick, co-author of the study at the University of Southampton.

The team reported that the magnitude of the positive effect increased with the amount of coffee consumed, up to three or four cups per day. Beyond that, the increase in consumption does not provide any additional benefit. A risk reduction was also seen when instant coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and ground coffee were considered separately. The advantage is also more significant among followers of ground coffee, which contains high levels of kahweol and cafetal, two active substances naturally present in coffee beans.

A global health issue.

Problem of liver disease is a significant health problem all over the world. According to the British Liver Trust charity, they are the third leading cause of premature death in the UK, with a 400% increase in fatalities since 1970

However, the study has limitations, including the fact that it cannot prove coffee reduces the risk of chronic liver disease. In addition, it is possible that other participants’ eating, or non-eating habits played or played a role in the outcome.

Finally, they change their minds to all those who would like to compensate for bad habits by drinking coffee. According to Vanessa Hebditch of the British Liver Trust, although this study adds to-a growing body of evidence that coffee is good for liver health, it is not enough: “People must improve the health of their liver not only by drinking coffee but also by reducing their alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy weight by exercising and eating well,” she added.