Coffee would help reduce the risk of developing or dying from chronic liver disease, according to a British study.
“A little black, please!” A British study suggests that coffee protects your liver from chronic disease. 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. 384,818 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 reduction in risk was also seen when instant coffee, decaffeinated coffee and ground coffee were considered separately. The benefit is also greater among followers of ground coffee which contains high levels of kahweol and cafestol, two active substances naturally present in coffee beans.
A global health issue
The problem of liver disease is a major 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 deaths since 1970.
The study has limitations, however, including the fact that it cannot prove that coffee itself reduces the risk of chronic liver disease. It is possible that other participants’ dietary or non-eating habits played or played a role in the outcome.
Finally, to all those who would like to compensate for bad habits by drinking coffee, they change their mind. 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: “It is important that people improve 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.