Coffee intake associated with reduced risk for multiple sclerosis

Coffee intake associated with reduced risk for multiple sclerosis Consumption of multiple cups of coffee each day can lower the risk of growing multiple sclerosis. It was observed by researchers at a medicine school in United Scotates. According to a study author, Dr. Mowry, the consumption of coffee seemingly protects against the Alzheimer‘s Parkinson’s disease. However, it raises a question whether it also cures multiple sclerosis, a central nervous system’s disorder.

Multiple sclerosis is defined as a nervous system disease which interrupts the information flow inside the brain and within the body and brain. Symptoms of this disease vary with patients and are unpredictable. However, things like numbness, fatigue, tingling, walking difficulties, pain, bowel, vision and bladder difficulties are suffered by many. According to some estimation, the disease affects more than 2.3 million individuals globally.

Researchers have made comparison data out of two different studies. One of these includes Swedish study covering 1629 individuals with multiple sclerosis and 2807 fit people. Another one includes a study of 1159 individuals suffering multiple sclerosis and up to 1172 fit people. These studies characterized the consumption of coffee among individuals with multiple sclerosis prior to beginning of symptoms. It was compared to the coffee consumption in people without multiple sclerosis at the same period.

The studies observed that people who didn’t drink the beverage 1 and ½ times more prone to grow this disease. Those drinking at least four cup a day in US and 6 cups a day in Sweden are less likely to grow multiple sclerosis. US study was primarily centered on the caffeinated beverages and Swedish on coffee intake.

Ellen Mowry observed that deeper research is required to confirm that this drink is fully protective. This is because the outcomes may be incorrect associations as people consuming more of this drink have behavioral differences like consumption of healthy foods which explains the cause, believes the neurology professor.

However, in case the outcomes are positive, there are several compounds within coffee which makes it difficult to figure out the compound responsible. Caffeine is something which may influence the immune system. As a result, it helps in combating the autoimmune procedure in some ways, says the neurology expert of a US medicine school.

People who are already suffering from this disease of multiple sclerosis are not recommended to consume coffee.  The evidence out of the research study signals this, say researchers. Caffeine may annoy the bladder and increase urination problems which are already experienced by people suffering from multiple sclerosis disease.

However, the researchers strictly advise against coffee consumption as a measure to prevent the occurrence of multiple sclerosis among the children. Dr Ellen Mowry is a neurology professor and has the membership of US Academy of Neurology. This research centered on coffee or caffeine consumption was presented at 67th yearly meeting of the academy at the Washington DC.

According to Mowry, the results and outcomes so far don’t offer enough evidence to advice people to increase their coffee consumption. A deeper research is the need of the moment in this context.

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