Drinking two to three cups of coffee a day can reduce the
risk of developing Parkinson's Disease (PD), reveals a new study.
Researchers have observed that regularly drinking coffee
can cut the risk of developing the disease by 25 percent. However, the risk
fell to 14 percent among female coffee drinkers.
"This study confirms an inverse association between
caffeine intake and the risk of PD, which can hardly be explained by bias or
uncontrolled confounding," telegraph.co.uk quoted researchers from the
University of Porto, in Portugal, as saying.
Keiran Breen, director of research and development at the
charity Parkinson's UK, said: "There have been a number of scientific
papers about caffeine and Parkinson's in recent years.
"It is a very difficult one to call. There are a
number of different aspects involved in anything related to lifestyle. I have
heard it argued that personality is one reason why people become coffee
drinkers, or alcohol drinkers, say, and we know that personality can play a
role in whether people will develop Alzheimer's.
"There are more studies ongoing into the connection
and in what direction it might work. I would not say that people should run out
now and start drinking coffee so that they don't develop Parkinson's. But it is
possible that this is giving us a hint and that coffee or a drug like caffeine
could have some kind of protective property," Breen added.
The findings were published in the Journal of