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Study: Coffee and Tea Protect Liver

Monday, 05 December 2005 12:00 AM

The good news just keeps on coming about coffee and tea. Now, scientists at the National Institute of Health report that the popular beverages may reduce the risk of liver damage in heavy drinkers and the obese.

A study of nearly 10,000 people conducted by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases showed that those who drank more than two cups of coffee or tea per day developed liver disease at half the rate of those who drank less than a cup.

"While it is too soon to encourage patients to increase their coffee and tea intake, the findings of our study potentially offer people at high-risk for developing chronic liver disease a practical way to decrease that risk," said Dr. Constance Ruhl, who helped lead the study.

"In addition, we hope the findings will offer guidance to researchers who are studying liver disease progression."

Writing in the American Gastroenterological Association journal Gastroenterology, Ruhl and colleagues said caffeine seemed to hold the key.

The researchers analyzed the records of 9,849 participants in a government survey whose coffee and tea intake was evaluated and who were followed for about 19 years.

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