Reduced risk of Parkinson's disease for coffee and tea drinkers

18-May-2020
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Drinking tea or coffee may reduce risk of Parkinson’s disease (PD).
Involved 369 participants with PD and 197 without it, studying age and BMI.
The odds of having the disease decreased with increased caffeine consumption.
"Both caffeine and urate possess neuroprotective properties.”
"They both have protective properties in animal models of PD."
Effects of caffeine have yet to be studied in a long-term PD trial.
Identifying factors linked to lower likelihood of PD may lead to slowing the disease.
Research by Harvard Medical School, published in Journal of Parkinson’s Disease.

Lead study linking caffeine and its disease-slowing potential

Mentioned in this article:

Resource Bas Bloem - Consultant neurologist, Radboud University Medical Center

Resource Harvard Medical School - Institution for medical education.

Resource Journal of Parkinson's Disease - Journal focused on understanding and improving treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Resource Rachit Bakshi - Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard

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