Coffee and Caffeine Intake Reduces Risk of Parkinson Disease

WASHINGTON, August 18, 2012 – According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association intake of coffee and specifically caffeine, helps to reduce the risk of contracting Parkinson Disease.

Parkinson disease afflicts 3% of the population older than 65 years and is a significant source of morbidity and health services use. Based on the projected growth of the US population, this percentage could double in the next 30 to 40 years.

Coffee intake has been inversely associated with Parkinson Disease occurrence in some studies, but evidence has been equivocal.

The findings in the report indicate that higher coffee and caffeine intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson Disease. This effect appears to be independent of smoking. The data suggest that the mechanism is related to caffeine intake and not to other nutrients contained in coffee.

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