From espresso to instant coffee, millions of people consume coffee from millions of hazelnuts every day. Scientists have good news for those who add coffee to their daily routine. A study conducted in England revealed that coffee drinkers, regardless of the variety, were 20 percent less likely to suffer from chronic liver disease, popularly known as “cirrhosis”, and 49 percent less likely to die from this disease. Within the scope of the study, the liver health of approximately 500 thousand people was followed for 10 years.
Scientists from the University of Southampton in England found that people who drink coffee regularly have a significantly lower risk of developing and dying from chronic liver disease, popularly known as cirrhosis.
Researchers have stated that chronic liver disease is a major health problem all over the world. According to the British Liver Trust, which operates in the UK, cirrhosis is the third leading cause of premature death in the UK, and deaths from the disease have increased by 400 percent since 1970.
However, previous studies have revealed that dai coffee may help prevent liver cancer and reduce the risk of alcohol-related liver disease. “Our findings confirm that drinking coffee is protective against serious liver disease,” said study co-author Prof Paul Roderick, of the University of Southampton.
For the study, the results of which were published in the journal BMC Public Health, the researchers analyzed data from 494,585 participants at UK Biobank, a project designed to help select genetic and environmental factors associated with certain conditions.
All participants were between the ages of 40 and 69 when they signed up for the project, and there were 109,767 people who did not consume the beverage, compared to 384,818 people who initially drank coffee. The team looked at participants’ liver health over an average of 11 years.
The study revealed that those who drank any amount and type of coffee had a 20 percent lower risk of developing chronic liver disease or fatty liver disease, after factoring in factors such as participants’ body mass index, alcohol consumption, and smoking status. It was also announced that coffee drinkers had a 49 percent lower risk of dying from chronic liver disease.
On the other hand, the researchers explained that the magnitude of the effect increases with the amount of coffee consumed, up to about three to four cups per day, “consumption beyond this amount does not provide any additional benefit.” On the other hand, Vanessa Hebditch of the British Liver Trust said the research adds to the growing evidence that coffee is good for liver health.
Cirrhosis, also called chronic liver disease, occurs when the liver is severely damaged. As a result, various deteriorations occur in the structural functions of the liver and the organ cannot perform its normal functions. As the process progresses, the liver begins to harden and shrink as a result of the decrease in liver cells that continue to function. Then, the flow of blood to the hardened tissues becomes difficult and new vascular accesses are formed due to the inability of the blood to reach the tissue. All these events aggravate the picture of cirrhosis by affecting the liver more negatively. As a result, liver failure occurs as the liver cannot perform its function.