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Believe it or not! Coffee reduces liver cirrhosis risk by 44%

The next time someone tells you that you ought to be working on your coffee addiction, tell the person that according to a new research, coffee actually helps fight liver cirrhosis.

health and fitness Updated: Feb 29, 2016 11:01 IST
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Long-term studies involving half a million men and women, and found that an extra two cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of cirrhosis by 44 per cent, and it may nearly halve the risk of dying from cirrhosis.(Shutterstock)

You’ve heard several people tell you to cut down your coffee intake because it is addictive. Now, listen to this--a new study has found that regular consumption of coffee may reduce the risk of liver cirrhosis by 44 per cent and may nearly halve the risk of dying from the disease.

In patients with cirrhosis, the liver becomes scarred often as a result of long-term and persistent injury from toxins like alcohol and viral infections like hepatitis C.

It may be fatal due to an increased risk of liver failure and cancer, researchers said.

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They conducted a meta-analysis of nine long-term studies involving half a million men and women, and found that an extra two cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of cirrhosis by 44 per cent, and it may nearly halve the risk of dying from cirrhosis.

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In patients with cirrhosis, the liver becomes scarred often as a result of long-term injury from toxins like alcohol and viral infections like hepatitis C. (Shutterstock)

“Coffee appeared to protect against cirrhosis,” said Oliver Kennedy from University of Southampton in UK.

“This could be an important finding for patients at risk of cirrhosis to help to improve their health outcomes,” said Kennedy. The findings were published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

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