A new study shows that drinking your morning cup of joe—rather three-to-five cups—in your midlife (like in your 50’s, but I’m starting now in my early 30’s) may prevent or delay the onset of dementia/AD.
Researchers in Finland and Sweden examined the records of 1,409 people whose coffee drinking habits had been recorded when they were at midlife.
Those who drank three to five cups of coffee per day in midlife were much less likely to have developed dementia or Alzheimer’s in follow-up checks two decades or more later, the researchers say in the January issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
“Given the large amount of coffee consumption globally, the results might have important implications for the prevention of or delaying the onset of dementia/Alzheimer’s disease,” Miia Kivipelto, a researcher from the University of Kuopio, Finland, and the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, says in a news release. “The finding needs to be confirmed by other studies, but it opens the possibility that dietary interventions could modify the risk of dementia/AD. [And it] might help in the development of new therapies for these diseases.”
Participants were divided into three groups: low, moderate, and high coffee drinkers. Turns out, those who fell in the moderate range had a 65%-70% decreased risk of developing dementia and a 62%-64% decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Screw green tea. I am going to enjoy another cup of java.