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Coffee Consumption Lowers Risk Of Stroke In Women

March 10, 2011: 12:53 AM EST
Researchers in Sweden who analyzed diet and health data from 34,670 women over ten years found that coffee consumption was associated with a statistically significant lower risk of stroke and various types of brain hemorrhages. Women who drank more than a cup of coffee a day had a 22 percent to 25 percent lower risk of stroke, compared with those who drank less. Those who reported drinking 1-2 cups per day, 3-4 cups per day or 5 or more cups per day on average had similar benefits. The findings belie some earlier, but inconclusive, reports that coffee consumption could be harmful to the cardiovascular system. Researchers suggested that coffee drinking may reduce the risk of stroke by weakening subclinical inflammation, reducing oxidative stress and improving insulin sensitivity.
Susanna C. Larsson, et al. , "Coffee Consumption and Risk of Stroke in Women", Stroke, March 10, 2011, © American Heart Association, Inc.
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