Excessive Coffee Consumption Linked To Obesity, Osteoarthritis In New Study

According to a new study, drinking too many cups of coffee can actually lead to conditions such as obesity and osteoarthritis.

Excess Coffee Consumption Leads To Certain Conditions 

Easily available and equally as easy to prepare at home, coffee is one of the most commonly consumed drinks not just in the U.S., but also in the entire world. This is all thanks to its health benefits and caffeine properties. In fact, previous research has also linked the drink to a healthy lifestyle since it’s known to help prevent some types of disease. This is because coffee helps keep us alert and awake, all while helping reduce the risk of certain diseases, such as some types of cancer.

Like with most things, however, too much of a good thing can be bad. A new study reveals that excess coffee consumption can lead not just to poor health, but also trigger some life-altering diseases. Such diseases include obesity and osteoarthritis, both of which are common conditions experienced by many. Both can also lead to even more serious conditions since osteoarthritis makes movement painful, while obesity can lead to higher blood pressure and eventually heart attack.

Led by Professor Elina Hypponen, a genetic epidemiologist, along with a team of researchers from the University of South Australia, the study looked at the data of more than 300,000 participants in the U.K. Biobank, where they examined the link between a range of diseases and excess consumption of coffee.

Per Hypponen, being able to understand the risks that are associated with habitual coffee consumption can have a lot of positive implications for the world health community. An earlier research also stated that the maximum cups of coffee that a person can drink per day should only go up to six because any higher increases the risk as well.

“Typically, the effects of coffee consumption are investigated using an observational approach, where comparisons are made against non-coffee-drinkers. But this can deliver misleading results . In this study, we used a genetic approach ... to establish the true effects of coffee consumption. Reassuringly, our results suggest that moderate coffee drinking is mostly safe,” Hypponen said.

coffee Estimates show that Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, which makes the U.S. the leading consumer of coffee in the world. Pixabay