Coffee consumption linked to lower risk for rare liver disease

Posted May 26, 2013 by Tim Sandle
A new study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic reveals that drinking coffee has an added benefit: it lowers the risk of a rare autoimmune liver disease.
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The disease for which regular consumption of coffee has been shown to have some benefit is primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), according to Internal Medicine News. PSC is an autoimmune liver disease that is very rare. PSC can lead tocirrhosisof the liver,liver failure and biliary cancer.
The new study suggests that coffee can not only lower the risk of PSC, but that it might help researchers find out the cause of this disease and other types of autoimmune diseases.
For the study, researchers took a look at PSC and primary biliary cirrhosis patients (PBC) and compared them to a group of healthy patients. Their findings revealed that coffee drinking was linked to a lowered risk of PSC, but not PBC.
The study was led by Craig Lammert, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist.
Previous studies have shown coffee consumption to have numerous health benefits. For example, researchers from the European Science Foundation reported in December 2012 that moderate coffee drinking may reduce risk of diabetes by up to 25 percent. Another study conducted at the LundUniversityin Sweden discovered that consuming coffee could lower the risk of breast cancer recurring in patients taking the frequently used drug Tamoxifen.