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Coffee Can Prevent Alzheimer's Disease


Coffee Can Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

(epharmanews)- After earlier studies have found that coffee may decrease risks of diseases that older people are more likely to experience (such as breast cancer, Parkinson’s, and type 2 diabetes), a new study suggests that coffee may help older people avoid the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

The number of Alzheimer’s disease patients now is about 5.3 million people. The disease causes a rabid, progressive deterioration to the patient’s mental abilities, also known as dementia. Alzheimer’s disease mainly affects older people aging at least 65.

The risk of developing the disease rises up to 45% after the age of 85. In the absence of any effective treatment that can prevent its development, scientists expect the number of Alzheimer’s disease patients to rise up to 100 million people by 2050.

Researchers from the University of Miami and the University of South Florida conducted a collaborative study on 124 people at least 65 years old.

The study, published in Journal of Alzheimer’s disease, suggests that participants who had higher blood caffeine levels avoided the onset of Alzheimer’s disease after a four years follow-up.

"Moderate daily consumption of caffeinated coffee appears to be the best dietary option for long-term protection against Alzheimer's memory loss," said study co-author Dr. Gary Arendash.

"These intriguing results suggest that older adults with mild memory impairment who drink moderate levels of coffee -- about 3 cups a day -- will not convert to Alzheimer's disease -- or at least will experience a substantial delay before converting to Alzheimer's," said study lead author Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the USF College of Pharmacy and the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute.

"The results from this study, along with our earlier studies in Alzheimer's mice, are very consistent in indicating that moderate daily caffeine/coffee intake throughout adulthood should appreciably protect against Alzheimer's disease later in life."

To avoid Alzheimer’s disease, researchers suggest exercise, listening to music, having folic acid, antioxidants-rich food. Doctors advise having Omega 3 fatty acids-rich foods such as sardines, salmons, and tunas.


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