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Coffee consumption may lower the risk of Alzheimer's

Published 26 November 2014

Drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day may help to protect against Alzheimer’s disease, according to research.

The research is highlighted in an Alzheimer Europe session report published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) today (27 November 2014).

Three expert speakers in this area presented at Alzheimer Europe's annual conference, exploring the role nutrition can play in reducing the risk of Alzheimer's Disease. They presented the latest research developments and findings on coffee, which are documented in the report.

Alzheimer's Society comment:

'The evidence is not conclusive that drinking coffee will help to protect against Alzheimer's disease. Some research suggests that caffeine and antioxidants in coffee may be beneficial but studies in people show mixed results - more research and clinical trials are needed to see if positive effects occur in people over the long term.

There is no single way to reduce your risk of dementia. Exercising frequently, as well as eating a healthy balanced diet, avoiding smoking, not drinking in excess, and managing other health conditions can play a role in reducing your risk of dementia.'

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Notes to editors:
  • 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that's one every three minutes
  • Alzheimer's Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK will have a form of dementia by 2015. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to two million people by 2051
  • Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 Billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia. 
  • Alzheimer's Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them 
  • Alzheimer's Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Alzheimer's Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk  
  • Alzheimer's Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers.org.uk