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Study Finds Connection Between Coffee, Caffeine and Hepatic Fibrosis

August 14, 2015

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Results of a study on more than 900 veterans with chronic HCV reveals caffeine has a positive impact on liver fibrosis.

Study shows caffeine decreases risk of hepatic fibrosis in male HCV patients

Khalaf N, et al. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015; doi:10.1016/j.cgh.2015.01.030.

August 11, 2015

In a cross-sectional study, researchers found that coffee and caffeine were associated with a decreased risk of developing advanced hepatic fibrosis among a majority of male veterans with hepatitis C virus infection, according to study data.

Researchers, including Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH, of Baylor College of Medicine and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, analyzed data of 910 veterans with chronic HCV infection and evaluated each person’s daily intake of caffeinated and decaffeinated beverages, including coffee, tea and soda. The daily intakes of these beverages among the cohort were evaluated to determine any association with hepatic fibrosis through the FibroSURE test (BioPredictive, Paris, France). In addition, the researchers sought to determine the role insulin resistance played in any type of association between the drinks and fibrosis.

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