A new study predicts large coffee intakes increase risks of mild cognitive impairment, particularly among older segments of the population.
A new study predicts large coffee intakes increase risks of mild cognitive impairment, particularly among older segments of the population. The research was conducted by scientists at the University of Bari, Italy, who have reached the conclusion that drinking more than one coffee per day can lead to Alzheimer’s.
Researchers invited 5,632 subjects to take part in the experiment, but only 1,445 registered significant changes in their behavior during the study. The respondents, who belonged to the 65-84 age category, were asked to provide answers in relation to a series of questions concerning their coffee drinking habits, as well as their health condition.
Results have shown that those respondents, who have increased their coffee intake throughout the time had doubled the risks of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer’s disease, compared to the risks of those who consume only one cup of coffee per day.
The most reduced chances of developing Alzheimer or MCI were registered among coffee drinkers who rarely exceeded their limit of one cup of coffee per day. Surprisingly, higher MCI occurrences were registered among non-coffee drinkers, which proves that the study needs to be complemented by additional research in the field.
Further studies have to provide an explanation in relation to the symptoms of MCI that have been observed in respondents who never drink coffee. However, scientists have concluded, based on the recent findings, that people who have a daily intake of more than two cups of coffee and those, who never drink coffee are more likely to develop MCI.
Vincenzo Solfrizzi and Francesco Panza, the two co-authors of the research advise people to pay close attention to the amount of coffee they drink per day. In their opinion, the safest solution would be to limit your daily dose of coffee to just one or two cups per day.
Moderate consumption can actually protect the brain against certain diseases and affections, scientists have concluded. The new findings have been in keeping with the previous researchers proving that regular coffee consumption has neuroprotective effects against MCI and dementia, particularly among older categories of population.
The full description of the experiment, as well as the presentation of the new findings may be accessed in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
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