Coffee has nothing to do with obesity, diabetes

You can drink your cup of coffee worry free and a new study has shown that coffee neither increases nor decreases the risk of lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes.

New research from the University of Copenhagen and Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, which is also the world’s first to have used genes to investigate the impact of coffee on the body, analysed 93,000 Danes from the Copenhagen General Population Study

Medical student Ask Tybjaeg Nordestgaard said that the genes were completely independent of other lifestyle factors, and it could hence be concluded that drinking coffee in itself is not associated with lifestyle diseases.

The researchers designed a unique study, where they looked into a number of genes that affect people’s desire for coffee. If a person has special coffee genes, he/she may be drinking more coffee than those not having the genes. This allowed the researchers to see whether a higher coffee consumption increases or decreases the risk of developing lifestyle diseases.

The study is published in the well-reputed International Journal of Epidemiology.

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