Thursday, December 31, 2009

Me likee the coffee--and it likes me


Melinda Beck, WSJ, Dec 29, 2009) says java is good for you—or most of us.

Of course, no self-respecting health writer would just say something seems to be OK, so here is how it breaks down.

2-4 cups a day, 35% less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

At least 6 cups—60% less chance of prostate cancer than those who drink zero cups.

Lower risk of getting colon, mouth, throat, esophageal, and endometrial cancer.

Same for gallstones, cirrhosis, Parkinson’s, and The Alz.

Someone even looked an 100,000 people 20 years concluded the more coffee they drank, the less likely they were to die during that 20 yrs.

Prevents death!

Man, this stuff is the libation of the gods.

Wellll….Here comes Melinda again. It can raise BP, and homocysteine, an amino acid in blood that can raise risk of stroke. Pregnant women who drink 2 cups a day had skinnier babies and more chance of miscarriage.

Coffee also could be bad for older women losing bone.

And of course, people can’t remember how much they drank for these studies—and what does “cup” mean…how many ounces?

Coffee drinkers may also have good jobs and access to health care—they say. I think that one is a stretch in trying to diss these positives.

So…have a cup if you want. Even these scientists said they drink it. And decaf? Can raise LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. Decaf is an abomination anyhow.

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