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Keep drinking that coffee

Senior Wellness | Sep 28, 2015

Coffee is a drink that is beneficial on many levels. Your body is benefiting from those mornings when you wake up and your routine centers around brewing a fresh pot and reading the newspaper. As it turns out, coffee does provide many health benefits, provided you drink it in moderation and stay away from some of the beverages popularized by large coffee chains.

Reduce risk of certain diseases
Coffee can help reduce the risk of some of the following diseases and illnesses according to WebMD: Type 2 diabetes, strokes, heart problems, Parkinson's disease and more. It's important to note, however, that coffee is not a form of complete protection against some of those diseases.

Even so, drinking coffee may provide some benefits to overall health, particularly when it comes to Type 2 diabetes. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, individuals who gradually increased their daily coffee intake during a four year stretch reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 11 percent compared to those who did not change their coffee drinking habits. Researchers at the prestigious university even found that those who decreased coffee consumption increased their chances of developing diabetes by 17 percent.

"Drinking coffee is still more beneficial than not doing so."

Coffee is made up of healthy components, such as magnesium, which WebMD said helps the body control insulin, and subsequently, blood sugar. The drink also contains antioxidants which help prevent tissue damage.

Benefits for the brain and memory
A study conducted a neurologist at the University of California found coffee, if it is consumed in at the right amount, can help improve long-term memory. Individuals who were tested received 200 milligrams of caffeine, which is roughly equivalent to two cups of espresso.

College students know all too well the benefits of coffee, specifically the energy boost they feel shortly after the first sip. The same applies for seniors. If you're feeling tired in the morning or need to stay up late to finish paying the bills, a cup of coffee can help you regain your sharp focus.

Perhaps one of the most important benefits of coffee revolves around the drink helping reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's. For instance, Alzheimers.net said about 70 percent of those with Type 2 diabetes later develop Alzheimer's, and coffee has already been shown to lower the risk for diabetes. This preventive measure stems from the drink blocking inflammation within the brain, which over time may lead to the brain starting to decline.

Coffee is a beverage beloved by many. Enthusiasts love the taste of new types of coffee, while others enjoy starting their morning off right by sipping on a hot cup. While enjoyable, coffee also provides a few health benefits.