Studies have shown that caffeine intake leads to reduced risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and a new study shows that it may also protect against developing Multiple Sclerosis. There were 2 groups of patients. The Swedish study found that people who did not drink at least 6 cups of coffee per day for at least 1 year up to 10 years before symptoms had a 1-1/2 times increased risk of developing MS. In the U.S. group, 4 or more cups of coffee showed an effect. Further studies on the impact of caffeine on relapses and long-term disability in patients with established MS will likely be done.
This was presented at the American Academy of Neurology 67th Annual Meeting.
Jack Florin, MD
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