Risk of heart disease linked with coffee consumption?

Health 25 Feb 2021 Tamalika Basu
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heart disease

Long black, espresso or latte, whatever type of coffee you prefer, be careful if you have a habit of drinking too much coffee for a long time. This coffee intoxication can increase your chances of heart disease! Drinking six or more cups of coffee a day for long periods of time can increase your blood lipid levels. That increases your risk of heart disease or cardiovascular disease (CVD) — recently such alarming news came up in genetic research.

Significantly, the risk of drinking coffee is proportional to the risk! That is, the more coffee you drink, the greater your risk of heart disease.

Is coffee drinking good or bad for heart disease?

To coffee lovers, this news is definitely like a bitter pill. But according to Professor Elena Hypponen, a researcher at the University of South Australia, you have to swallow this bitter pill if you want to keep your heart healthy and live well!

“There is a lot of debate in the scientific community about whether coffee is good or bad. But we need to know in advance what effect this one of the most popular drinks in the world can have on our body,” says Professor Hypponen.

In the research, scientists tried to understand the genetic and phenotypic link between coffee drinking and plasma lipid profile. That is cholesterol and fat levels in the blood. And from this formula, they tried to find out how the habit of drinking coffee increases the level of fats in the blood. Which in course increases the risk of heart disease.

The presence of high levels of lipids in the blood increases the risk of heart disease. Since coffee beans contain cholesterol-raising compounds (Cafestol), testing them together has been effective.

Implications of research on heart disease

While Cafestol is mainly found in unfiltered coffee like a French press, Turkish and Greek coffee, it is also found in espresso coffee. And this espresso is mostly used as a base in coffee shops serving coffee, latte, and cappuccino.

However, in filtered and instant coffee, this Cafestol is almost non-existent. But it is present in a very small amount. So this type of coffee can be considered relatively good in controlling your blood lipid levels. The implications of this study are vast. To sum up, those who have high cholesterol in their blood and those who are already worried about the risk of heart disease should choose coffee with good understanding.

The association of lipids with coffee depends on its levels. The more unfiltered coffee you drink, the higher the level of lipids in your blood. Which in turn increases the risk of heart disease.

It is estimated that about 300 million cups of coffee are consumed every day worldwide! And heart disease is the leading cause of death, with 1.69 million people dying of heart disease each year worldwide.

The habit of drinking filtered coffee

The study used data from 362,571 people aged 36-73, participants in the UK Biobank, and adopted phenotypic and genetic methods for a comprehensive study.

Although major researchers have not commented on the health effects of coffee, Professor Hypponen says it would be wise to drink coffee but always drink filtered coffee. And it is better not to drink too much stimulant like coffee. “In fact, coffee is so popular that talking about it can lead to controversy,” says Professor Hypponen. According to our research, it is clear that drinking too much coffee is not good for heart disease. And for those who are already suffering from heart disease, this effect is far-reaching.

As a result, until we learn more about this, we should adhere to the well-known proverb that you should exercise restraint in all things, especially when it comes to your physical health. There can be no better advice.