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Coffee & Health
Neurodegenerative disorders

Coffee intake in midlife and risk of dementia and its neuropathologic correlates

R P Gelber et al. (2011)
Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 23(4):607-15
March 1, 2011

While animal data suggests a protective effect of caffeine on cognition, studies in humans remain inconsistent. These authors examined associations of coffee and caffeine intake in midlife with risk of dementia, its neuropathologic correlates, and cognitive impairment among 3494 men in the Honolulu-Asia Aging Study examined for dementia in 1991-1993, including 418 decedents who underwent brain autopsy. The mean age of the participants was 52 years at cohort entry. Caffeine intake was determined according to self-reported coffee, tea, and cola consumption at baseline. Logistic regression was used to calculate odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals for overall dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, cognitive impairment, and neuropathologic lesions at death, according to coffee and caffeine intake. Dementia was diagnosed in 226 men, and cognitive impairment in 347. There was no significant association between coffee or caffeine intake and risk of cognitive impairment, overall dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, or moderate/high levels of the individual neuropathologic lesion types. However, men in the highest quartile of caffeine intake (>277.5 mg/d) were less likely than men in the lowest quartile (<115.5 mg/d) to have any of the lesion types. ‘Coffee and caffeine intake in midlife were not associated with cognitive impairment, dementia, or individual neuropathologic lesions, although higher caffeine intake was associated with a lower odds of having any of the lesion types at autopsy.’

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