Coffee May Reduce a Woman’s Chance of Stroke By 25%

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Not only does coffee help women perform better in stressful work conditions, but the beloved caffeinated beverage also reduces a woman’s chance of stroke, a new study suggests.

Swedish researchers arrived at this conclusion after studying  approximately 35,000 women between the ages of 49 – 83 for a period of 10 years. Researchers found that women who downed at least one cup of coffee per day had a 22 – 25% lower risk of stroke than women who drank less than cup of coffee (who does that?) or no coffee at all.

"Coffee drinkers should rejoice," Sharonne Hayes, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, told the Associated Press. "There really hasn't been any study that convincingly said coffee is bad. If you are drinking coffee now, you may be doing some good and you are likely not doing harm.”

The study, published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, also found reduced stroke chances regardless of how much coffee a woman drank, as long as it was at least one cup. In other words, drinking more coffee does not appear to reduce the risk of stroke any further.

However, experts are quick to point out that the study found a link between coffee drinkers and a reduced chance of stroke, not proof. Researchers need to conduct more research before any such claim can be made.

According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the third largest cause of death in the United State and the leading cause of long-term disability.

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