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Topic: Coffee may save us yet. (2 msgs / 79 lines)
1) From: Barbara C. Greenspon
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This is an article from today's Minneapolis StarTribune.  Its originally 
an AP story.  Thought some of you might enjoy it.
  StarTribune.com
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Last update: June 12, 2006 -- 4:20 PM
Coffee reduces risk of cirrhosis from too much alcohol
Associated Press
CHICAGO --- Coffee may counteract alcohol's poisonous effects on the 
liver and help prevent cirrhosis, researchers say.
In a study of more than 125,000 people, one cup of coffee per day cut 
the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis by 20 percent. Four cups per day reduced 
the risk by 80 percent. The coffee effect held true for women and men of 
various ethnic backgrounds.
It is unclear whether it is the caffeine or some other ingredient in 
coffee that provides the protection, said study co-author Dr. Arthur 
Klatsky of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif.
Of course, there is a better way to avoid alcoholic cirrhosis of the 
liver, Klatsky said.
"The way to avoid getting ill is not to drink a lot of coffee, but to 
cut down on the drinking" of alcohol, he said.
The participants ranged from teetotalers, who made up 12 percent of the 
total, to heavy drinkers, who made up 8 percent. The researchers 
calculated the risk reductions rate for the whole group, not just the 
drinkers.
Not all heavy drinkers develop cirrhosis, an irreversible scarring of 
the liver that hurts the organ's ability to filter toxins from the 
blood. Klatsky said the new findings may help explain why some people's 
livers survive heavy alcohol use.
Hepatitis C and some inherited diseases can also cause cirrhosis. But 
the study found coffee did not protect the liver against those other 
causes of scarring.
The same study found coffee drinkers had healthier results on blood 
tests used to measure liver function, whether or not they were heavy 
alcohol users. Coffee's effect on reducing liver enzymes in the blood 
was more apparent among the heavy drinkers in the study.
Cirrhosis from all causes kills more than 27,000 Americans a year and 
sends nearly 400,000 to the hospital.
The findings, published in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine, build 
on reports that coffee also may reduce the risk of liver cancer.
The data came from members of a Northern California health plan. Their 
coffee consumption was noted only at the beginning of the study, which 
the researchers admitted was a limitation. They were followed for an 
average of 14 years.
The researchers found no reduced risk of cirrhosis for tea drinkers. Tea 
has less caffeine than coffee and there were fewer heavy tea drinkers in 
the study, so if

2) From:
Barbara:
very interesting stuidy, thanks for posting.
ginny
---- "Barbara C. Greenspon"  wrote: 
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