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Two cups of coffee a day may reduce risk of heart failure

Published on 27/06/2012

Drinking coffee in moderation may reduce your risk of heart failure, according to a report by US government-funded researchers.

Coffee in moderation may reduce risk of heart failure

The researchers looked at the results of five previously published studies which looked at coffee intake and heart failure. Four of the studies were done in Sweden and one in Finland, and involved more than 140,000 people.

After following the participants for up to 35 years, the researchers found that those who enjoyed one or two mugs of coffee a day were 11 per cent less likely to develop heart failure than those who drank none.

Writing in the journal Circulation Heart Failure, researchers warned that drinking five or more mugs a day appeared to be bad for the heart.

It is thought that coffee reduces the chance of developing high blood pressure and diabetes, which in turn decreases the likelihood of heart failure.

Researcher Dr Murray Mittleman, of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, said: ‘It stands to reason that reducing one’s odds of developing either one of them, in turn, reduce one’s chance of heart failure.’

Besides possibly reducing heart failure risk, coffee has been found in other studies to protect against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and liver cancer in people with or without health insurance.

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