Modest daily consumption of caffeinated drinks is associated with
less advanced liver scarring in people with hepatitis C, according to a
recent study by Baylor College of Medicine researchers that appears
online in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Dr. Hashem El-Serag,
chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Baylor and at the Michael
E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and lead author of the study,
said the results showed that the risk of liver scarring in hepatitis C
patients was decreased when individuals regularly consumed caffeinated
coffee, and to a lesser extent tea and soda.
“We found that participants who drank caffeinated coffee daily had
the best results,” he said. “This is most likely do to the fact that one
coffee drink has more caffeine than tea or sodas.”
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Labels: caffeine, Disease Progression, liver scarring