Coffee linked to a lower chance of stroke

Jasmine Phu

March 14, 2011

A new study that evaluated 34,670 women, aged 49 to 83, has found that coffee may help reduce the risk of stroke by 22 to 25 percent, although researchers have stated that there needs to be additional studies to verify the result.

Those who drank less than a cup of coffee each day appeared to be more prone to a stroke, while individuals who had one or more cup each day seemed to benefit from the same reduced chance of the condition.

Coffee has been the center of many health studies for years, but evidence of positive or negative effects on health is difficult to find. This new research followed participants for more than a decade.

Older adults who are concerned about strokes may also want to invest in a personal emergency response system. This device can be used to instantly send a medical alert to doctors if one experiences an unexpected medical condition.

Researchers speculated that coffee may help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, as well as improve insulin sensitivity.

"Some women have avoided consuming coffee because they have thought it is unhealthy," Dr. Susanna Larson said in a statement. "In fact, increasing evidence indicates that moderate coffee consumption may decrease the risk of some diseases such as diabetes, liver cancer and possibly stroke."

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