Magazine article Work & Family Life

Guilty Pleasure or Great Way to Wake Up?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Guilty Pleasure or Great Way to Wake Up?

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The debate over coffee is still brewing. Is it truly the "best part of waking up," as the ads suggest, or does coffee increase one's risk of hypertension and other serious health problems? The answer, say the experts, is that it's not an either/or situation.

Among a group of medical doctors who met in Washington early this year to discuss the controversy, the consensus was that coffee can increase one's risk of hypertension and some cancers-but the evidence is not strong enough to tell people to stop drinking it.

"If you ask, 'Is there evidence that people who drink a lot of coffee are going to die sooner?', the answer is 'No', except for the fact that there is an association between drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes," according to Dr. Samuel J. Mann, professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. "But the coffee, per se, does not appear to shorten lives. …

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