If you keep abreast of medical research at all, you’ll soon discover that some studies seem to contradict one another.
Consider the latest news on coffee. Last week I cited research that suggests that those who drink four or more cups of coffee per day might be at a greater risk for early death (researchers emphasized the link was not causal, but merely associative).
This week, coffee’s good for you. Or at least if you have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The study was conducted by Duke-NUS Graduate and Medical School and the Duke University Medical School; researchers discovered that the caffeine equivalent of four cups of coffee or tea per day stimulates the metabolization of fat stored in the liver cells of mice who were fed a high fat diet. Although the connection between caffeine and NAFLD has just been discovered, the team suggests this is a could stepping stone toward further research into developing a caffeine drug for those with the disease without caffeine’s negative side effects. Details of the report will be published in the September issue of the journal Hepatology.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is quite prevalent; 70% of those who have been diagnosed with diabetes and obesity have it. The only effective to treat NALFD is with a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise.
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