Dr. Neil Agrawal joins us on the blog today to for a Minute for Your Heart blog on coffee consumption and your heart.
Coffee was the top agricultural export for twelve countries in 2004, and it was the world's seventh-largest legal agricultural export by value in 2005. The average American drinks 3 cups a day and 300-400 million cups are consumed a day in the US! There has been a recent article published Journal of The American College of Cardiology on the available evidence on cardiovascular effects of habitual coffee consumption. The study looked at patients who consumed 2-3 cups of coffee a day. The results have been very comforting.
It demonstrated coffee consumption had a neutral or even beneficial effect in regards of risks for coronary disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, and stroke. Some of the risk factors the authors suggested were impacted by coffee consumption were diabetes mellitus 2, hypertension, depression, asthma, and neurogenerative diseases.
Before initiating caffeine, you should discuss this issue with your physician. The possible positive benefits must be balanced with the potential risks of anxiety, irregular heartbeats, tremors, and increased hip fractures. This may suggest that further studies might explore the possibility that coffee consumption may be acting as a surrogate marker of some other dietary or lifestyle risk factor.