January 26th, 2009 00:04 EST
Does Coffee Help Prevent Dementia?
"A team of Swedish and Danish researchers tracked coffee consumption in a group of 1,409 middle-age men and women for an average of 21 years. During that time, 61 participants developed dementia, 48 with Alzheimer`s disease.
After controlling for numerous socioeconomic and health factors, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure, the scientists found that the subjects who had reported drinking three to five cups of coffee daily were 65 percent less likely to have developed dementia, compared with those who drank two cups or less."
NICHOLAS BAKALAR/The New York Times
I`m not a physician and I don`t play one on TV, but I can testify that coffee keeps me awake and alert into the wee hours of the morning when I`m writing essays. If it weren`t for the aromatic brew my concise and minimalist editorials would degenerate into stream of consciousness compositions.
I`m not surprised that serious coffee drinkers are less likely to develop dementia. It doesn`t pay to be a dilettante, drinking only one cup of Java with your pinkie in the air isn`t going to keep Alzheimer`s disease at bay.
All of my adult life I`ve never been without a coffee maker, I`d rather be without a telephone. When I`m in my 70`s I`ll still be writing semi-coherent articles and my coffee-eschewing contemporaries will be trying to remember how to put their pants on.
According to the article the researchers don`t yet advocate drinking coffee as a preventative health measure. But never mind coffee`s potential health benefits, it tastes terrific, and there`s no disputing that it will help keep you awake.