27 February 2009
A study has found that women who are regular coffee drinkers have a modestly lower risk of stroke (Circulation 2009; 119: 1116-23).
US researchers assessed the coffee intake of more than 83,000 women every 2 to 4 years and found long-term consumption of more than 2 cups per day was associated with a 20 per cent reduction in the risk of stroke.
Women who drank 5 to 7 cups per week had a 12 per cent lower risk, but there was no reduction among less regular drinkers.
Decaffeinated coffee was also associated with a trend toward a lower risk of stroke, according to the study. However, drinking tea or soft drinks had no such effect.
The findings remained after adjustment for risk factors such as age, smoking status, body mass index (BMI) and alcohol intake.
Last Reviewed: 27 February 2009