Consuming up to three or four cups of either caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee can lessen the risk of developing and dying from chronic liver disease. A new study found coffee drinkers were 21 per cent less likely to develop chronic liver disease. They have a 20 per cent reduced risk of developing chronic or fatty liver disease, and 49 per cent less likely to die from chronic liver disease.
The study was published on Monday in the journal BMC Public Health. The author Dr. Oliver Kennedy said, “Coffee is widely accessible, and the benefits we see from our study may mean it could offer a potential preventative treatment for chronic liver disease.” Dr. Kennedy is on the medical faculty of the University of Southhampton in the UK.
Cases of liver cancer have been on the rise as over the past 20 years diagnoses of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease have more than doubled. According to the American Liver Foundation, it affects up to 25 per cent of all Americans. Risk factors for liver disease include consuming alcohol, obesity, diabetes, smoking, hepatitis B, and C.
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