Saturday, January 12, 2008

Take heart in your a.m. coffee

Imagine my delight that I was drinking coffee even as I read this study. Swedish investigators sorted the data from the Swedish Mammography Cohort. Almost 33,000 Swedish women, ages 40-74, supplied them with details on their daily coffee habits.

Those who drank 5 or more cups in a week were 32% less likely to pitch over with heart attacks during the 5 years studied compared with the undercoffeed. So take another mug shot!

These northern scientists went on beyond coffee while studying what keeps women in Sweden alive. They identified a low-risk diet* and 3 low-risk lifestyle behaviors**. The combination of the diet with all lifestyle habits equaled a 92% decreased risk of heart attack compared with those smoking ladies who waisted their weight and moved not at all.
*same old dietary song: "high intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, fish, and legumes, in combination with moderate alcohol consumption."
**you've heard these before: "nonsmoking, waist-hip ratio less than the 75th percentile (hourglass vs. beach ball), and being physically active (at least 40 minutes of daily walking or bicycling and 1 hour of weekly exercise)."


KGMom said...

What??--now it's up to 40 min. a day? I have been trying to be good and doing 30 min. of cycling--oh, nooooo--now 40 min!?!

Ruth said...

I drink about 2 coffees a year, and then only under duress. Hopefully hot, steeped tea is as good because I drink a pot morning and afternoon. (I think you did a post on the benefits of tea and bones). The other lifestyle habits are likely more significant.

Mauigirl said...

Great news - I drink about 4 cups a day!