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Latest health study in defense of coffee

Melissa Kaplan May 7, 2010

Americans’ duel obsessions with coffee and health have lead to a series of studies over the years exploring whether or not coffee is good for you. The latest research comes from a group in Athens, Greece, and says coffee may reduce the risk of future serious heart problems in heart attack patients.

This of course isn’t the first claim of coffee’s overwhelming health benefits. A WebMD article touts the drink can lower risks of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and colon cancer and cure headaches:

After analyzing data on 126,000 people for as long as 18 years, Harvard researchers calculate that compared with not partaking in America’s favorite morning drink, downing one to three cups of caffeinated coffee daily can reduce diabetes risk by single digits. But having six cups or more each day slashed men’s risk by 54% and women’s by 30% over java avoiders. Though the scientists give the customary “more research is needed” before they recommend you do overtime at Starbuck’s to specifically prevent diabetes, their findings are very similar to those in a less-publicized Dutch study.

This doesn’t necessarily involve the debate on decaf, which would be of particular interest to Marketplace Morning Report’s Steve Chiotakis as that’s his drink of choice on the morning shift.

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