A new 5-year study conducted by French researchers shows that the consumption of three cups or more of coffee on a daily basis could help halve the mortality risk in patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C.
Research has shown this habit’s beneficial effects on diseases and health issues such as heart attacks, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, and strokes. Until now, however, the effects on patients co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C had not been investigated.
The Consumptions of Three Cups of Coffee, Associated with Benefits for the Health
Published in the Journal of Hepatology, this novel research sought to examine the relationship between elevated coffee consumption and all-cause mortality in patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C.
Research has illustrated coffee’s anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective effects as well as a reduction in death risks in the general population. This study explored how these properties affected patients in this group in particular.
The study is part of an ongoing French nationwide effort which is collecting data on patients co-infected with these diseases. Researchers used the five-year follow-up of this project to estimate the effects of a steady and rather increased consumption of this beverage on mortality rates.
As the leading causes of death for these patients were hepatitis C-related, researchers noted that curing hepatitis C was a vital aspect of the treatment and their study.
After accounting for hepatitis C clearance, researchers found that the elevated consumption of three cups of coffee or more every day halved death risks in these patients. Furthermore, not smoking was associated with increased survival rates.
These findings illustrate the importance of lifestyle choices and behaviors on reducing mortality risk. It also underlines the need for promoting healthy behavioral changes in this group. These behavioral changes can, in turn, increase survival rates.
With this research in mind, specialists are considering the benefits of extracts, as well as the supplementation with other anti-inflammatory compounds, and the need for further investigations. For now, tracking patient behaviors could help health care professionals propose lifestyle changes that improve the mortality rates and reduce the risks for these populations.
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