People who are young and who have a mild case of hypertension may want to forego the drinking of caffeinated beverages such as coffee. A new research study has indicated that coffee drinking can increase the risk of heart disease, particularly heart attacks if consumed by young people with mild hypertension.
The latest research on the topic was performed by Dr. Lucio Mos, a researcher and cardiologist practicing at the Hospital of San Daniele del Friuli in Italy. According to Dr. Mos, the drinking of coffee by individuals at risk for heart disease is controversial. Dr. Mos’s study looked at caffeine consumption and the risk of heart disease as well as whether the relationship had to do with blood pressure factors or blood sugar factors.
There is a lot of research out there on the drinking of coffee and the development of various diseases. This is partially due to the fact that coffee drinking is a worldwide passion. Some research, for example, indicated that drinking coffee improves the rate of survival in people suffering from colon cancer. Other research has found that coffee drinking decreased the chances of having erectile dysfunction. Dr. Mos’s study is one of the very few out there that links coffee drinking with a negative health outcome.
In the study, the consumption of coffee was evaluated in 1,201 participants who did not have diabetes and who were between the ages of 18 and 45 years old. Each of the study’s participants also carried the diagnosis of stage 1 hypertension, which is defined as having a systolic blood pressure reading of between 140 and 159 and/or had a diastolic blood pressure reading of between 90 and 99. None of the study participants were being treated for their hypertension.
Coffee intake was measured by the number of cups of caffeinated coffee the individual took in each day. They were divided into three categories: non-drinkers, moderate drinkers, and heavy drinkers of coffee. Besides heart disease events, the study scientists looked into whether or not coffee drinking was later linked to the development of type II diabetes. The participants were followed for a total of 12.5 years.
Facts About Coffee Drinking:
According to statistics, people across the globe consume more than 400 billion cups of coffee each year. Coffee is high in antioxidants, which are considered healthy for the body in general. Coffee has been linked to the protection against type II diabetes, cancer, and Parkinson’s disease.
In Dr. Mos’s study, people who metabolize caffeine slowly were at risk for developing prediabetes. More rapidly metabolized caffeine had no effect on prediabetes. They found that glucose metabolism was adversely affected by those who were heavy coffee drinkers and who were overweight or obese at the time of diagnosis of prediabetes.
A total of 60 heart disease-related events happened to the study participants. A total of 80 percent of the heart disease-related events were heart attacks. Those who drank coffee moderately and those who drank coffee heavily predicted those who suffered from a heart disease-related event. There was a linear correlation between the amount of coffee consumed and the increased risk of heart attack.
According to Dr. Mos, young people with mild hypertension should be made aware of the link between coffee consumption and heart disease-related events. The drinking of coffee has the potential to worsen hypertension and may lead to diabetes later on in life. People with hypertension should avoid drinking caffeine, even in moderate amounts.