coffee (and a lot of it) is associated with a reduced risk of developing
multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study finds.
with people who said they never drank coffee, people who reported drinking
large amounts of java were nearly a third less likely to develop MS, according
to the study.
observed a significant association between high consumption of coffee and
decreased risk of developing MS," the researchers, led by Anna Hedström, a
doctoral student in environmental medicine at the Karolinska Institute in
Sweden wrote in the meta-analysis study, published March 3 in the Journal of
Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
the study, the researchers looked at the results of two large case-control
studies, which included 2,779 people with MS and 3,960 people without MS. The
researchers found that those individuals who reported the highest levels of
coffee consumption (more than 4 cups [900 mL] a day) had a 29 percent lower
risk of MS than those who reported drinking no coffee. However, the researchers
cautioned more studies are still needed.