The study showed a 22-325 percent decrease in strokes for women who had at least one cup of coffee a day compared to women who drank no coffee or less than a cup a day. Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, a heart doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn, said this is a welcome finding for coffee drinkers since previous studies have listed coffee as somegthing that was bad for your heart. There actually hasn’t been any study that completely showed that coffee is bad for you, and this one says just the opposite.
Scientists have been studying coffee for a long time to find out its pros and cons concerning people’s health. In the past, studies on coffee have had conflicting findings.
Scientists in this study watched the results from nearly 35,000 women between the ages of 49 to 83 for 10 years. The women were asked how much coffee they drank every day, and then for the next 10 years it was checked to see if they had had any strokes. A little over 1,600 of these women had strokes in that 10 year timeframe, with 205 of them being non coffee drinkers.
The study took into consideration things that could have affected the results such as smoking, weight, high blood pressure and diabetes, and the coffee drinkers still came out on top of everyone else. The study determined that to get the benefits you don’t have to drink a lot of coffee, even one cup a day showed he same results as several cups a day.
A study in Finland with men who smoked and also drank coffee also showed reductions in strokes.
More research is planned to find out why coffee seems to have this affect of helping to prevent strokes. It’s thought it could be antioxidants, or perhaps that coffee reduces inflammation and improves insulin sensitivity.