Fast Five Quiz: Coffee Health Effects

Yasmine S. Ali, MD; Helmi L. Lutsep, MD; Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD; BS Anand, MD; Stephen Soreff, MD; Elwyn C. Cabebe, MD


January 07, 2022

A review of meta-analyses investigating coffee's impact on multiple health outcomes found that the highest magnitude of positive associations was related to liver outcomes. A study based on a UK database found that coffee was associated with protection against chronic liver disease, which was seen for both caffeinated and decaffeinated drinks.

Increasing coffee consumption by two cups daily greatly reduces rates of alcoholic cirrhosis. Coffee has also been shown to significantly decrease the risk of developing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and protect against liver fibrosis in patients who already have the condition. Coffee also appears to slow the progression of liver disease in patients with advanced hepatitis C. A recent review found that drinking coffee may be useful in reducing the risk for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with metabolic-associated liver disease.

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This Fast Five Quiz was excerpted and adapted from the Medscape articles More Than Just a Hill of Beans: The Health Effects of Coffee and Filter Coffee Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk in Metabolomics Study.

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