Greek study says coffee can be harmful

Oct. 21, 2004 at 2:19 PM
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ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A new Greek study says coffee drinking can be harmful to your heart.

The report, which appears in the October issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows that people who drink moderate to high amounts of coffee had increased levels of markers of inflammation, one of the key mechanisms linked to the development of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

The study included more than 3,000 Greek men and women with no history of heart disease.

"The results presented here suggest that the increase in inflammatory markers could be evident even with two cups of coffee a day," write the researchers.

Past studies looking at coffee's effects on the heart have shown conflicting results. This study is the first to focus on coffee and inflammation.

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