Now I Remember Why I Love My Starbucks

Some days start off better than others. An inveterate recipient of medical and pharmaceutical RSS feeds and real time alerts from a myriad of medical sources, I’m often hit with a phalanx of “cease and desists” regarding any number of personal idiosyncrasies. Many, of course, hit me in the proverbial stomach: stop consuming proteins and carbs , throw out those wonderfully expendable aluminum pans, stop reaching for that cold remedy you always secretly thought caused your heart palpitations…

Today is glorious. Not only should I continue my consistent consumption of coffee, but I will concurrently ward off the demons of dementia!

Dr. Miia Kivipelto, an associate professor of neurology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and lead author of a newly released study tracked coffee consumption in a group of 1,409 middle-age men and women for an average of 21 years. During that time, 61 participants developed dementia, 48 with Alzheimer’s disease.

Their observational study concluded that subjects who had reported drinking three to five cups of coffee daily were 65 percent less likely to have developed dementia, compared with those who drank two cups or less. (Those who drank more than five cups a day also were at reduced risk of dementia, but there were not enough people in this group to draw statistically significant conclusions.)

Now if they could just keep the calories down on my flavored mocha-chinos…

07. April 2009 by Ruth Folger Weiss
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