S K Jyvakorpi et al, 2020. Association of coffee drinking with physical performance in the oldest-old community-dwelling men The Helsinki Businessmen Study (HBS), Aging Clinical Experimental Research, published online.

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Habitual coffee drinking has been associated with lower risk of various chronic diseases linked to poor physical performance.

We explored cross-sectional associations between coffee consumption and physical performance among oldest-old community-dwelling men in the Helsinki Businessmen Study (HBS).

A random sample of HBS survivors (n = 126, mean age 87 years) attended a clinic visit in 2017/2018, including measurements of body composition, physical performance [Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB)], and cognition. Coffee consumption was retrieved from 3-day food diaries.

Coffee consumption was positively associated with higher gait speed (p = 0.003), SPPB score (p = 0.035), and chair rise points (p = 0.043). Association of coffee with gait speed remained after adjustment for age, waist circumference, physical activity, pulse rate, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein.

Higher coffee consumption was independently associated with better physical performance reflected as faster gait speed in oldest-old men.

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