Healthy Eating

Jun 19, 2007

Coffee, Cancer, Arteriosclerosis, Dehydration

More Than Two Cups May Harden Arteries and hard core coffee drinkers may be hardening their arteries - and hiking heart disease risk for the sake of their habit.
A new study published in the June 2005 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined whether high coffee consumption (>2 cups a day) contributed to arteriosclerosis - the thickening and stiffening of the blood vessels that transport oxygen and nutrients from your heart to the rest of your body. Following 228 healthy subjects over the course of a year, researchers found that those who drank the most coffee experienced greater hardening of the arteries - and particularly the aorta (the major artery that feeds blood to the rest of the arteries) - than their non-coffee drinking peers.
This is bad news for java junkies as arteriosclerosis can increase blood pressure as well as the risk of heart attack and stroke. Combine this with coffee's effect on homocysteine - raising levels of an amino acid associated with cardiovascular disease - and you've got a brewing health threat, particularly for those with a family history of heart disease.
Finally, as reported in a previous issue of the DNN, men who drink four or more cups of coffee a day dramatically increase their risk of bladder cancer. A Dutch oncologist who examined the link predicted that up to a third of bladder cancers could be prevented by the elimination of coffee consumption.
Substitute tea for coffee and you'll be exchanging health risks for benefits - while still getting your caffeine fix. Tea drinkers enjoy lower body-fat, lower blood pressure and a host of other health advantages enumerated in previous issues of the DNN.
ELIMINATE CAFFEINE AND ALCOHOL: Caffeine and alcohol are strong diuretics. For every cup of coffee or glass of beer, the body gives up three glasses of water—which means the body is perpetually dehydrated.
People who regularly consume these beverages can never really quench their thirst because their bodies are always running out of water.
Dedicated to the one I love: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Look younger, feel better, prevent those muscle spasms and wrinkles by giving your body the lubricant it needs most: spring water. Splash your face with water and sit in a bath first thing in the morning or last thing at night and you'll be absorbing the hydration you need to keep your skin looking smooth and youthful. Only 50% of the people take baths - maybe we should think about what was good about the good old days.


  • Thanks for that article Kent. My mother, at 64 has 40% blockage of the arteries and some chest pain. I was thinking about that today as I was sitting drinking my 5th or 6th coffee at home. An old bit of information wafted up to my mind that coffee hardens the arteries. I remembered my mom's coffee habit. She drinks heaps of it, like I do. I am 47. So here I am next day, after googling arterioschlerosis and coffee, reading your blog. Yep. Just as I suspected and remembered. Perhaps more of us would live longer if we took notice and acted upon the little warning thoughts that float up from our spirit?!
    I am a Christian who believes in healing and the power of God etc...but I find that so many of us Christians have this coffee addiction and think it is nothing to worry about. Delusion!
    Thanks again.

    By Blogger Dennis Rhodes, at 7:33 PM  

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