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New research ties caffeine levels to Alzheimer's prevention

Posted by RHHAdmin on Jun 5, 2012 8:35:45 AM

As people age, many do everything possible to avoid needing Alzheimer's care down the line. While there is no cure for the disease, some research has shown a glimmer of hope in staving off the illness.

A new study out of the University of South Florida and the University of Miami found that older adults with higher caffeine levels in the blood had a greater chance of avoiding onset Alzheimer's disease in the two-to-four-year follow-up.

The research involved 124 people between the ages of 65 and 88 who had mild memory impairment and noted how much coffee they consumed. The study's authors wrote that older adults who drank about three cups a day could at least delay Alzheimer's, if not stave off the disease altogether. The researchers noted that this study mirrors previous research.

"The results from this study, along with our earlier studies in Alzheimer's mice, are very consistent in indicating that moderate daily caffeine/coffee intake throughout adulthood should appreciably protect against Alzheimer's disease later in life," said study lead author Dr. Chuanhai Cao.

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