Tuesday, January 06, 2004

My Coffee-Bean Laden Ship Just Sailed In

My coffee bean-laden ship just sailed into the harbor. I knew coffee had to be good for me.

A 12-year Harvard Medical School study released yesterday showed that long-term caffeinated coffee drinkers cut their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by a whopping 30 to 50 percent compared with those who foolishly don't drink this nectar of the gods. These results confirm findings last year by a team of scientists in the Netherlands.

More than 125,000 healthy men and women free of diabetes, cancer and heart disease were followed by this study from 1986 to 1998, and asked about their intake of regular and decaf coffee. Those who drank six or more cups of coffee daily experienced the greatest decline in diabetes risk--- men by more than 50% and women by nearly 30%.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 19,000 previous worldwide studies on coffee have shown it to lower risk of gallstones, colon cancer, cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson's disease.

I am printing all this out to give to my doctor, who once (and only once) told me to give up coffee. Now please understand, I am an obedient patient, but that was beyond reasonable. (I actually told him, nicely, to get real...but I would cut down.)

Perhaps he will now see the wisdom of my ways. Well, one of them, anyway.

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