Coffee May Reduce Risk of Liver Cirrhosis
Liver cirrhosis is a serious health condition that can often lead to an elevated risk of liver failure and cancer. Cirrhosis causes irreversible scarring of the liver and is common among alcoholics, people with viral hepatitis B and C, and people with fatty liver disease. This disease is progressive and currently incurable, although treating the underlying cause may slow the progression.
Risk reduction and early detection are key to reducing the chance that cirrhosis will progress into liver cancer or failure. Research published in the Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics medical journal reveals a new look at a common beverage as a preventative option.
The study looked at the effects of coffee on reducing the risk of developing liver cirrhosis in nearly half a million men and women. Health records and coffee consumption rates of the participants were gathered from nine long-term studies and found that the more cups of coffee consumed per day, the lower the risk of liver cirrhosis. People who drank two extra cups of coffee per day had a 44 percent lower risk of developing cirrhosis, and a 50 percent lower risk of dying from cirrhosis.
Researchers believe coffee’s anti-cirrhosis properties stem from the active ingredients in the drink, aside from the caffeine. Coffee contains oxidative and anti-inflammatory compounds that may provide protection against liver fibrosis. Coffee could also help prevent one of the underlying causes of cirrhosis, hepatitis B and C, because compounds in coffee block the viruses that cause these diseases.
Liver Cirrhosis Can Cause Disabling Complications
There are many disabling complications associated with diseases of the liver such as cirrhosis. If liver diseases, cancer, or liver failure prevent you from working and earning an income, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Contact the Disability Help Group online or call us at 1-(800)-800-3332 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates!