Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of chronic liver diseases and death, a new study confirmed.
The new study, published in the BMC Public Health, stated that coffee drinkers were up to 21% less likely to develop chronic liver disease, 20% less likely to develop fatty liver diseases, and 49% less likely to die from liver disease compared to those who do not drink coffee.
“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,” said study author Dr. Oliver Kennedy, who is on the medical faculty of the University of Southampton in the UK, in a statement shared with CNN.
“This would be especially valuable in countries with lower income and worse access to healthcare and where the burden of chronic liver disease is highest,” Kennedy said.
The most important risk factors for liver diseases are drinking alcohol, obesity, diabetes, smoking, infections, hepatitis B and C, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
The diagnosis of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which affects people who are obese, overweight, or have diabetes, high cholesterol or high cholesterol, has doubled.
Triglycerides have more than doubled in the past 20 years, according to the American Liver Foundation, affecting up to 25% of Americans.
Liver cancer diagnoses have been increasing globally for decades, and a 2018 study found a 75% increase in cases worldwide between 1990 and 2015.
Coffee is characterized by many benefits, which are positively reflected on human health. It can combat depression and make the drinkers happier.
Coffee also improves the body’s energy level and makes a person smart, in addition to helping to burn fat in the body. It also contains caffeine, which studies have proven to be a natural substance that helps burn fat.
The brew also protects against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
The Oliver Kennedy study examined coffee consumption among 494,000 people from the UK Biobank, a biomedical database and research resource.
Of these, 384,000 people drank coffee and 109,000 did not drink coffee. There were 3,600 cases of chronic liver disease, and 5,439 cases of steatosis, or what is known as fatty liver disease, among the participants.
More than 301 deaths were recorded from chronic liver and 184 from liver cancer. The largest proportion of injuries and deaths were among those who did not drink coffee.