New research, published in Stroke, shows that women who drink a cup or more of coffee per day may be at a reduced risk of suffering a stroke than women who consume less than a cup per day.
Researchers followed nearly 35,000 women between the ages of 49 and 83 over the course of a ten year period. The information gathered over the course of the decade long follow up pointed to a nearly 25% reduced risk of stroke among women who drank from 1-5 cups of coffee per day.
Researchers have a few theories, but the exact connection between coffee consumption and stroke risk remains unclear. Some believe coffee may help reduce inflammation or increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin, either of which could reduce stroke risk. If a clear connection between coffee consumption and stroke can be established it may give health care providers another weapon to fight this very serious and very common health risk.
At the present time the best method of reducing stroke risk lies in identifying and controlling high blood pressure. If you’ve got high blood pressure your health care provider will be able to offer advice on exercise, changes to diet and possibly prescription medications that could help get it down to a healthier level. Making the necessary lifestyle changes to lower blood pressure can go a long way toward reducing the risk of stroke and other serious health conditions.