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Coffee and Parkinson's

 

Caffeine as a potential treatment for Parkinson’s

 

There is a well-established link between caffeine, usually in the form of coffee drinking, and a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s. However coffee may also help people with Parkinson’s.

A new study on caffeine as a treatment for Parkinson’s was recently published in the journal Parkinsonism and Related Disorders that linked higher caffeine consumption to slower development of Parkinson’s symptoms after diagnosis.

Researchers studied the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms over 4 years in 79 people who had been newly diagnosed with the condition.

They found that higher caffeine consumption, from drinks like tea and coffee, was linked to the development of fewer motor and non-motor symptoms, and lower symptom severity.

The study also found that people who drank more caffeine started Parkinson’s medication, such as levodopa, later compared to those with lower caffeine consumption.

More evidence from larger clinical trials is needed before it can be recommended that people with Parkinson’s should increase their consumption of caffeine.  People should talk to their GP or Parkinson’s Community Educator before making any significant changes to their caffeine intake.

 

Learn more -
Original study
Dominion Post article
Radio New Zealand interview