DOC­TOR’S NOTE

Gloucestershire Echo - - CELEBRITY WELLBEING -

GOOD news about drink­ing cof­fee. Pre­vi­ous stud­ies have sug­gested that cof­fee may play a role in the hard­en­ing of ar­ter­ies. But new re­search by Queen Mary Univer­sity of Lon­don re­futes this.

Sci­en­tists ex­am­ined the ar­ter­ies of 8,412 UK cof­fee drinkers and found their taste for a brew ac­tu­ally made no dif­fer­ence to their ar­ter­ies.

After tak­ing age, weight and smok­ing into ac­count, they found the ar­ter­ies of the heavy drink­ing par­tic­i­pants (who drank more than three cups a day, and in a few cases, as many as 25) were no harder than those who drank up to three cups a day.

“Our re­search in­di­cates cof­fee isn’t as bad for the ar­ter­ies as pre­vi­ous stud­ies would sug­gest,” said co-au­thor Dr Ken­neth Fung.

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