New research says that those that drink coffee or tea might have a reduced risk of suffering from a stroke in the future. This is exciting new research, considering the fact that around the world, strokes account for about 10 percent of all deaths on an annual basis. Finding ways to help reduce this risk can have a big impact on the overall health of our families.
For the purposes of this study, over 365,000 were observed during a ten to fourteen year period, depending on when they entered the study. Participants were expected to self-report the amount of coffee and tea that was consumed. Of this group, just over 10,000 people had at least one stroke during the observed time frame. Only 5,079 suffered from dementia during the same time period.
People that between 2-3 cups of coffee or 3-5 cups of tea were 32 percent less likely to suffer from a stroke than those that did not drink either tea or coffee. They were 28 percent less likely to suffer from dementia than the average member of their particular populations. The target population for this study was between the ages of 50 and 74. Research beyond this age range is still in development.
In addition to this, they found that drinking coffee also lowered the risk of having dementia after a stroke occurred.
In the past, there have been mixed findings when it comes to drinking caffeinated beverages, particularly coffee. Although black coffee and tea avoid the pitfalls of their high sugar soda and energy drink counterparts, past research has shown that excessive amounts of caffeine can potentially lead to health issues. This new study doesn’t alleviate that risk, but does better quantify how many cups of coffee or tea is safe to drink on a daily basis.
Of course, your situation might be a little different. Studies like this point to generalities. Your unique health background might be a little bit different, so it’s important to speak with a doctor if you have questions about what is best for your health. Drinking coffee or tea does not mean that you will automatically reap these health benefits. We are all individuals and our approach to health needs to reflect that.
This research was conducted by Tianjin Medical University in China. They used data from the UK Biobank and published their findings in the journal, PLOS Medicine.
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