Women And Coffee

I was rolling around in PubMed during my lunch break, specifically looking for coffee and/or caffeine studies that involve women. To find relevant health care studies, I often add "women" to my search terms because I am more likely to find studies that have female subjects. (Edit: I meant "to find relevant health care studies for me," not that adding the search term "women" is a mind-blowing concept in this case.)


 


There were some interesting studies related to gender and coffee consumption. This study's abstract claims that ageing women who drink coffee show reduced cognitive decline when compared to women who don't drink coffee. There is no such association for men:


 


In fully adjusted models using either standard or IRT 3MS scores, we found modestly reduced rates of cognitive decline for some, but not all, levels of coffee and tea consumption for women, with no consistent effect for men. Caffeine consumption was also associated with attenuation in cognitive decline in women. Dose-response relationships were not linear. These longitudinal analyses suggest a somewhat attenuated rate of cognitive decline among tea and coffee consumers compared to non-consumers in women but not in men. Whether this association is causal or due to unmeasured confounding requires further study. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21841254


 


There are a few other anecdotes about this in the literature, but more study is always needed to say anything about this sort of thing. Last January, the lead author published a follow-up literature review that stated such an association was not entirely uncommon: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23319129


 


From what I have heard in the podcasts, women have more delicate systems than men. We have a harder time losing weight, and we need more carbohydrate refeeds. However, if the above study is true ... we might just win at coffee.


-- Kaye

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