A new study points out that heavy coffee drinking could cause hypertension and increase your heart attack risk. Coffee enthusiasts who indulge in drinking lots of it can develop high blood pressure which might lead to a heart attack later on.
The study was debated and presented in London during the European Society of Cardiology’s meeting.
However, some studies focus on the beneficial aspects of coffee consumption, but the issue remains debatable, whereas this particular study shows that young adults’ health may be harmed due to high blood pressure/hypertension.
Italian researchers made an associative study analyzing heart health data across 12 years, monitoring a group of approximately 1,200 adults, of 18 to 45 years of age. Health officials say: beware.
Cardiologist Dr. David Friedman, US health expert, said that:
“Patients with known heart disease who are at elevated risk should limit their intake of daily caffeine products.”
Dr. Lucio Mos, the leader of the study, cardiologist at Hospital of San Daniele del Friuli in Udine, Italy, subjected to a thorough health analysis about 1,200 adults who displayed stage 1 high blood pressure. The participants exhibited systolic blood pressure in between 140-159 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure from 90 to 99 mm Hg.
Over the 12-year study, various cardiovascular events were experienced by the participants, to be more precise – strokes or heart attacks. Approximately 80 percent of the incidents were heart attacks, whereas the others were strokes, kidney failure or peripheral artery disease.
The heart health risk was 4 times higher among those who were heavy coffee drinkers, in comparison to 3 times higher among those who drank coffee moderately. Heavy coffee drinking meant drinking 4 or more cups each day, whereas moderate consumption meant 1 to 3 cups per day.
The study also revealed that indulging in high consumption of the caffeinated beverage might lead to pre-diabetes. If they were overweight or obese the risk was even higher. Genetics would also play a key role. Moreover, it seems the pre-diabetes condition may revolve around each participant’s metabolism. To be more precise, people who displayed the highest risk of pre-diabetes were the ones metabolizing caffeine the most slowly.
Dr. Mos said that the more a person consumed coffee, the higher the odds of experiencing cardiovascular or health risks that could lead to illnesses. Therefore, this is a proportional relation.
Another cardiologist, Dr. Kevin Marzo, finally pointed out that a healthy life style should be promoted and maintained,
“with regular exercise, good nutrition and keeping the coffee consumption to less than three cups per day.”
This is valid especially for those who experience hypertension.
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