Three cups of Java a day associated with reducing risk of heart disease

coffee2A large scale study involving 25,138 people suggests that of daily substantially reduces the risk of clogged arteries and . The published in the journal Heart are based on a study conducted by Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in Seoul.

The researchers measured levels of calcium in the of research participants to evaluate if there was an association with . The presence of coronary artery calcium may indicate the early stages of coronary atherosclerosis, a condition whereby the arteries become clogged up, hardened and narrow. When this occurs, arteries are more susceptible to blood clots that can lead to or strokes.

The results reflect that participants who consumed between three and five cups of a day had the lowest prevalence of clogged arteries. The findings confirm a recent meta-analysis of 36 studies demonstrating that moderate was linked to a decreased risk of heart disease and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

The researchers attribute their findings to a link between and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, as diabetes is a risk factor for atherosclerosis. may improve sensitivity and beta-cell function.

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and coronary artery calcium in young and middle-aged asymptomatic adults, Yoosoo Chang, et al., Heart, doi:10.1136/heartjnl-2014-306663, published online 3 March 2015, abstract.

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