Coffee consumption may reduce the risk of liver cirrhosis

An extra 2 cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of cirrhosis by 44%, and it may nearly halve the risk of dying from cirrhosis.

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Coffee consumption may reduce the risk of liver cirrhosis

Coffee has many health benefits. Yet, more research shows now that regular consumption of coffee appears to be linked to reduced risk of liver cirrhosis in a review of relevant studies published before July 2015.

The liver can become scarred in patients with cirrhosis. The reasons are among others long-term injury from toxins like alcohol and viruses like hepatitis C. This increases the risk of liver failure, cancer and death.

An extra 2 cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of cirrhosis by 44%, and it may nearly halve the risk of dying from cirrhosis.

"Coffee appeared to protect against cirrhosis.This could be an important finding for patients at risk of cirrhosis to help to improve their health outcomes," said Dr. O. J. Kennedy, lead author of the Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics analysis. "However, we now need robust clinical trials to investigate the wider benefits and harms of coffee so that doctors can make specific recommendations to patients."

The article was published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Latest update: 2016-02-02

 



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