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COFFEE BENEFITS

POSTED: Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 8:56am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm

Study shows coffee's health benefits...

New research says a good 'ole cup of joe could give you more than just a little get up and go.

Research suggests coffee may also help kick back at certain diseases.

Studies show coffee lowers the risk for Type 2 Diabetes, helps protect against liver cancer and perhaps colon cancer, reduces the likelihood of Parkinson's Disease and may reduce the risk of stroke.

Still, Dr. Marcus Reidenberg, professor of pharmacology at the Weill Cornell Medical College says the results should be viewed carefully.

He says the studies make associations, not conclusions.

"Association studies can't prove cause because they are many other differences between people who drink a lot of coffee and people who don't," Dr. Reidenberg explains.

While researchers say the benefits of that coffee outweigh most of the risks, there are some caveats you should know about.

For example, the caffeine in coffee can raise the heart rate and affect the regularity of the beat.

Dr. Richard Brockman, endocrinologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery says you should also watch out for your bones.

"If you drink more than four cups of black coffee a day, it can affect your skeleton, but if you use milk it probably won't," he said.

So what was once considered an evil brew is now at least low-risk, if not healthy.

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