Coffee a liver hit
A daily caffeine hit may be the answer to one of the most common medical conditions in the world.
Austin Health researchers have tested whether regular coffee consumption can treat fatty liver disease, one of the most frequent but lesser-known obesity-related problems.
At least one in three people in the Western world have an increased build-up of fat in their liver — largely from inactivity, being overweight or having a poor diet — but most will not know their liver is inflamed.
The study was aimed at testing whether three cups of coffee a day could reduce liver fat and consequently get people out of the health danger zone.
Austin Health liver transplant surgeon Paul Gow said the first evidence that coffee could improve liver function emerged 30 years ago when a study into heart disease revealed that regular coffee drinkers had healthier livers.
“Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of cirrhosis, of liver cancer, and a lower risk of fatty liver disease,” Associate Professor Gow said. Brigid O’Connell