Coffee May Keep You Healthy
Is drinking coffee good for you? A recent article on The New York Times website linked to a number of different studies touting the positive effects of caffeine on several different health problems. They include:
• Liver damage. A review of data collected by studies of more than 430,000 people found that coffee may lower the risk of cirrhosis of the liver, a disease associated with overindulgence in alcohol (among other causes).
• Tinnitus. Researchers kept track of more than 65,000 women and found that those who drank more than one 8-ounce cup of coffee a day were less likely to suffer from tinnitus, that persistent ringing or buzzing in your ears.
• Auto crashes. A study of truck drivers who routinely work on long hauls found that coffee drinkers (or consumers of other caffeinated drinks) seem 63 percent less likely to be involved in crashes while driving.
• Melanoma. An analysis of health and dietary data involving more than 400,000 people ages 50-71 found that those who drank four or more cups of coffee a day were 20 percent less likely to develop skin cancer. (The researchers cautioned that avoiding exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays is still the most important way to avoid melanoma.)
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