According to a new research intake of coffee has been found to reduce the risks of having gallstones. Researchers had tracked about 105,000 Danes for nearly eight years and it was found that there was 23% lesser risk in those people who took greater than six cups of coffee per day.
Dr. A. Tybjaerg-Hansen, study author said that high intake of coffee was associated with reduced risk of gallstones. She is also the chief physician at the department of clinical biochemistry at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark. This will be good news for the people of Denmark as 6% of them drink at least six cups of coffee each day. It was also found in the study that even small quantities of coffee reduced the risk of gallstones. Thus it also turned good news for the Brit or the American who consumes just one or two cups of the beverage per day.
In comparison with those who completely avoided coffee, there was a 3% drop in risk of gallstones in people who drank only a single cup of coffee a day and there was 17% reduced risk in people who took three-six cups of coffee each day. Gallstones are pebble-like hard pieces which get accumulated within the gall bladder and may sometimes create a blockage for the bile ducts. When a patient develops this painful condition the treatment is often surgery. Tybjaerg-Hansen said that since caffeine gets excreted via bile, it helps with the reduction of cholesterol in bile which in turn can reduce the gallstone risk. Coffee is also found to stimulate muscle contractions which help in the movement of contents through gastrointestinal tract.
A professor of nephrology at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., Dr. Anthony Bleyer is not a fan of this finding however. He said that intake of six cups per day of coffee is quite a large amount and may have adverse effects on sleep, arrhythmias and gastric reflux. He also said that the factors which make a person consume a large amount of coffee may also lead to changes in their diet and it may even be these changes which affect the risk of gallstone.