Potential Health Benefits of a Cup of Joe

Coffee Drinking WomanA connection between oral and overall health is undeniable. Researchers are still trying to put all of the pieces of the puzzle of oral-systemic health together, but gum disease and tooth decay have been linked to serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes. Coffee is a controversial substance when it comes to pursuing a healthy lifestyle. At times thought to have detrimental effects on health, recent studies are showing that coffee might do more good than harm. Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, will explain the theory that coffee is good for us.

Coffee, Heart Disease, and Strokes

Kaiser Permanente presented information at the American Heart Association conference back in 2010 which said coffee drinkers were less likely to have heart rhythm disturbances. Researchers collected data from 130,000 health plan members. Patients who consumed one to three cups of coffee per day had a lower risk of being hospitalized for heart issues. A more recent US study found that moderate coffee drinking may protect against heart failure. In coffee drinking women, stroke risk was 20% lower.

Coffee and Type 2 Diabetes

Professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, Frank Hu, has been focused on researching the effects of coffee on health for the last four years. He and his team analyzed nine different studies from all over the world, and found that people who drank more than six or seven cups of coffee every day were 35% less likely to be afflicted with type 2 diabetes. Drinking that much coffee is not a good idea for everyone, however, and the study does not allow for large amounts of cream and sugar in every cup. If caffeine makes you feel jittery and anxious, it is never a good idea to drink more than you are personally comfortable with.

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