For the first time, Danish researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Herlev and Gentofte Hospital have confirmed that consuming coffee does not increase or decrease the likelihood of developing lifestyle diseases, including diabetes and obesity. The findings, based on a correlation between genes and coffee consumption, were published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Don’t Blame The Coffee!
The study revealed that drinking coffee is not associated with a risk of developing or evading lifestyle diseases. Researchers based their results on our genes, which plays a major role in determining our daily intake of coffee. They studied the DNA and researched on information regarding coffee consumption and lifestyle diseases of 93,000 Danish individuals from the Copenhagen General Population Study.
Medical student Ask Tybjaeg Nordestgaard, from the Department of Clinical Biochemistry at Herlev and Gentofte Hospital stated that such a relationship linking genes with coffee intake had not been studied before, anywhere in the world. He explained that the genes studied were completely independent of other lifestyle factors, thus drinking coffee was also not associated with any lifestyle disease.
Genes Don’t Play A Role
The researchers developed a novel study that looked into various genes related to our desire for coffee. If an individual had a specific number of the ‘coffee genes’, s/he would most likely be consuming more of this beverage as compared to someone who did not have that many genes. This research allowed researchers to observe whether consuming higher amounts of coffee would increase or decrease the likelihood of lifestyle diseases.
“Surprisingly, we can now see that the ‘coffee genes’ are not associated with a risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or obesity”, stated Boerge Nordestgaard, Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and Senior Physician at the Department of Clinical Biochemistry at Herlev and Gentofte Hospital. “This suggests that drinking coffee neither causes nor protects against lifestyle diseases”.