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New Study Suggests Too Much Coffee Can be the Culprit of Poor Health

It’s hard to say which beverage has found itself more ensconced in the cycling culture these days, craft beer or coffee. For the latter of the two, a recent study suggests that consuming too much of the little brown bean each day maybe the culprit of poor health.

Indeed, according to research conducted at the University of South Australia’s Australian Centre for Precision Health, the excess drinking of cappuccino, latte or traditional coffee can lead to negative health effects. 

Using data from over 300,000 participants, researchers examined connections between genetically instrumented habitual coffee consumption and a full range of diseases, finding that too much coffee can increase the risk of osteoarthritis, arthropathy (joint disease) and obesity.

In earlier research conducted by the team, six cups of coffee a day were considered the upper limit of safe consumption.

Expert genetic epidemiologist, UniSA’s Professor Elina Hyppönen, says understanding any risks associated with habitual coffee intakes could have very large implications for population health.

“Globally, we drink around three billion cups of coffee each day, so it makes sense to explore the pros and cons of this on our health,” Professor Hyppönen says.

“Typically, the effects of coffee consumption are investigated using an observational approach, where comparisons are made against non-coffee-drinkers. But this can deliver misleading results.

“In this study, we used a genetic approach — called MR-PheWAS analysis — to establish the true effects of coffee consumption against 1117 clinical conditions.

“Reassuringly, our results suggest that, moderate coffee drinking is mostly safe.

“But it also showed that habitual coffee consumption increased the risks of three diseases: osteoarthritis, arthropathy and obesity, which can cause significant pain and suffering for individuals with these conditions.”

Professor Hyppönen says the prevalence of these conditions in Australia and around the world shows how important it is to determine possible causes and influencers of the diseases.

“Excess coffee consumption can lead to increased risks of certain diseases,” Professor Hyppönen says.

“For people with a family history of osteoarthritis or arthritis, or for those who are worried about developing these conditions, these results should act as a cautionary message.

“The body generally sends powerful messages with respect to coffee consumption, so it’s imperative that individuals listen to these when consuming coffee. “While these results are in many ways reassuring in terms of general coffee consumption, the message we should always remember is consume coffee in moderation — that’s the best bet to enjoy your coffee and good health too.”

 

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