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Does coffee protect the liver?

Heavy drinking has long been known to increase the risk for cirrhosis of the liver, but a new study from the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program suggests that coffee drinking may reduce that risk. Researchers studied data on alcohol, coffee, and tea consumption among 125,580 people, comparing it to the development of liver disease in that group over the years. Among those who developed cirrhosis, including alcoholic cirrhosis, it was found that for each cup of coffee they drank each day there was a 22-percent lower chance of developing alcoholic cirrhosis. Tea consumption, on the other hand, was not related to a lower incidence of the disease. The results of the study appeared in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Publication:Healthy Years
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2006
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