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A new research have revealed that four cups of coffee a day can more than halve the risk of gout in women.

Researchers found that women who drink that amount or more were 57 per cent less likely to suffer from a gout attack than those who drank none.

Two to four cups lowered the chances of gout by about 22 per cent but one a day only by three per cent.

Researchers from Boston University and Harvard Medical School conducted a long-term study of almost 90,000 female nurses in the U.S.

They tracked the nurses over a 26-year period, monitoring their health and dietary habits.

During that time almost 900 of the nurses developed gout.

When researchers analysed their beverage intake they found those consuming-large amounts of coffee over a long period of time were least prone.

The reason for this is unknown, however, one theory is that it can lead to lower insulin levels in the blood.

“Long-term coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of gout in women,” the Daily Mail quoted the researchers as saying.

The findings support the results of similar research, published in 2007, which showed that coffee appeared to protect both men and women against gout.

Some studies point to gout as an early warning sign of heart disease.

Researchers have found middle-aged men with the ailment tend to have higher blood pressure, raised cholesterol and diabetes.

The findings appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

via 4 cups of coffee a day keeps gout at bay – The Times of India.

A Greek study involved 485 men and women, aged 65 to 100, who live on a small island called Ikaria, in the Aegean Sea, where more than a third of people live to celebrate their 90th birthday.

Coffee Improves Blood Vessel Elasticity

Participants, all of whom had high blood pressure, underwent imaging scans to measure the stiffness of their blood vessels.

Of the total, 33% of participants drank no coffee or less than one cup of coffee a day, 56% drank one to two cups, and 11% drank three or more cups a day.

People who drank one to two cups of coffee a day had about a 25% greater elasticity in their major blood vessels than people who drank less coffee or none at all.

Their blood vessel elasticity was about five times greater than people who drank three or more cups a day.

The analysis took into account factors that can affect blood vessel aging — age, gender, smoking, education, physical activity, body weight, blood pressure, nutritional habits, and diabetes.

The study also showed that people who drank one to two cups of coffee a day were less likely to have diabetes, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, or to be overweight, compared to people who drank more coffee or less coffee, Chrysohoou says.

This study was presented at a medical conference but hasn’t been subjected to the “peer review” process yet.  Other factors in the Greek lifestyle may be responsible for these results.

via Coffee May Combat High Blood Pressure.