Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Study of the Week!


Now, this is my kind of medical study!  These results were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine this week.  It looked at data from the Nurse's Health Study, an amazing study that has been going on since the mid '70 and has analyzed data from over 200,000 participants.

The most recent analysis looked at data from over 50,000 women.  It showed an association between higher intake of coffee and lower incidence of depression.  The more coffee, the lower the risk of depression.

So, what can we take from this study?  Mostly, that we need more studies.  While there is an association between the incidence of depression an caffeine consumption, we can't say yet that caffeine actually can prevent depression.

I will say this, though.  For most people, it's fine to have a cup or two a day of coffee.  Enjoy!

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