Coffee for Reduced Risk of Stroke in Women?

by admin on March 6, 2012

Women Coffee Drinkers – Lower risk of Stroke Possible

Coffee, like other pleasures, is what we have always been urged to enjoy in “moderation”. Always, this has been considered common sense.

However, a study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has revealed a possible loophole in that traditionally held belief.

“The Karolinska Institute is one of the world’s leading medical universities… Karolinska accounts for over 40 percent of the medical academic research cunducted in Sweden… Since 1901, the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute has selected Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.” -Karolinska Institute

The stimulant in coffee, caffeine, causes blood vessels to dilate and heart rate to increase, but the Karolinska study has found that coffee seems to be beneficial in preventing strokes in women.

Karolinska medical researchers followed almost 35,000 women between the ages of 49 and 83 for aproximately 10 years on average.

Each woman was asked how much coffee they drank and were relegated to four different reseach groups: those who drank less than one cup per day, those who drank one or two cups per day, and those who drank for, five or more, etc.. The women’s other habits, like possible cigarette smoking,  their body mass index and other possible health issues such as possible diabetes or high blood pressure were also taken into account in the study.

The researchers then compared the data gathered regarding their coffee consumption to whether the women had ever suffered a stroke. What was revealed was that those who drank more than one cup per day were between 22% and 25% less likely to have suffered a stroke than those who had less than one cup of coffee per day.

The researchers admit that one of the issues with the preliminary study is that it relied on self reported coffee consumption figures. The study’s participant’s estimation of their coffee intake may have been over estimated or under estimated.

We can’t completely dismiss the traditional belief in moderation for coffee drinking until further research is done, but coffee continues to be the most often enjoyed beverage in the world.


Siski Green

Karolinska Institute

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