Thursday, July 30, 2015
In a study evaluating 1,445 people, scientists found that consistently drinking one to two cups of coffee each day is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) -- a precursor to dementia and Alzheimer's -- compared to those who never or rarely consumed coffee. That supports previous work, published in 2010, that showed that caffeine may have a neuroprotective effect.
The surprise was that participants who increased their consumption over time saw their risk of mild cognitive impairment shoot up significantly. Those who went from one cup to more than one cup had twice the rate of MCI as those who reduced their drinking to less than one cup and 1.5 times the rate of MCI as those who continued to drink one cup a day.
Well, my mom drank 20 cups of coffee a day, lived into her 90s and only had no short term memory toward the end. So there. Also, she did not come from Italy. Could be Italians don't tolerate coffee all that well.