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Is coffee really good for you?

Dr Malik often tells patients with palpitations and even blackouts that coffee and tea may be the cause. Stopping it may avoid more investigations and invasive treatments. But here is a tale from a very worthy journal suggesting that high coffee intake may be linked to reduced mortality. It was not a randomised trial and so it is by no means certain that these high coffee drinkers were not different in other ways from the non-coffee drinkers, but the study did try to control for smoking habits, social class, body mass index etc.

Message: if you like coffee and are not getting dose effects, then keep on going. There seems no need to cut back on this ubiquitous and legal “high”.

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1112010

Posted on 31 May 2013
Author: LCC
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