CoffeeAccording to cbs recent study has since shown that not more than 1,400 Italian seniors has found links between patterns of coffee consumption and their risk for "mild cognitive impairment" declines in memory and thinking that are often a precursor to dementia.
The study could only point to associations, not cause-and-effect, they said,but prior research has suggested that caffeine might impact neurological health.
In the study, a team led by Dr. Vincenzo Solfrizzi of the University of Bari Aldo Moro, looked at the coffee consumption of 1,445 Italians aged 65 to 84. The participants' mental health was also tracked for a medium of three-and-a-half years.
Latest reports earlier this week in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, they team found that people who consistently drank one or two cups of coffee per day had a lower rate of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) than those who never or rarely drank the brew.
And in what they called an "interesting" finding, the research team found out that the rate of MCI actually rose higher over time for seniors who boosted their daily intake by a cup of coffee or more daily. Those participants had a rate of MCI that was about one-and-a-half times higher than that of long-term, moderate coffee drinkers whose daily intake didn't increase.
The point they are trying to make is that, according to the study authors:
"Older individuals who never or rarely consumed coffee and those who increased their coffee consumption habits had a higher risk of developing MCI" compared to moderate coffee drinkers.Moderate caffeine intake might also help the aging brain by boosting insulin sensitivity, cutting the odds for type 2 diabetes. Diabetes has been linked to a higher risk for memory loss, the researchers said.
Though more research is needed to back the notion up because some are saying it can help curb dementia.
"Larger studies with longer follow-up periods should be encouraged . . . so hopefully opening new ways for diet-related prevention of dementia and Alzheimer's disease," the Italian team concluded.