Coffee is one of the most beloved beverages in many parts of the world. The notion that drinking coffee might not be good for one’s health came from studies done in the 1950s and 1960s. These studies failed to account for cigarette smoking, which went hand-in-hand with coffee drinking. Since then, the medical community has done a turnabout on the health benefits of coffee. More recent large, long-term studies start to show that coffee offers protection against type 2 diabetes, some cancers and neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
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Daniel G Steffen, PHD
Principal Sci Reg Affairs
Kraft Foods Inc
Rebecca Diane Dengrove
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Hu's research has focused on diet and lifestyle determinants of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He is the Principal Investigator of the diabetes component of the Nurses' Health Study, and leads two NIH-funded projects to study biochemical and genetic risk factors for cardiovascular complications among patients with diabetes in the Nurses' Health Study and Health Professionals' Follow-up Study. Dr. Hu's research has demonstrated that the vast majority of type 2 diabetes is preventable through diet and lifestyle modifications. His group has conducted detailed analyses of many dietary and lifestyle factors and risk of diabetes, including sugar-sweetened beverages, caffeine, iron, magnesium, and dietary patterns. These findings have contributed to current public health recommendations and policies for prevention of chronic disease. His group has also examined the link between pre-diabetes and cardiovascular disease and the relationship between inflammatory markers, iron overload, and risk of type 2 diabetes.
His current research has expanded to investigate complex interactions among nutrition, biomarkers, and genetic factors in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular complications. Dr. Hu is also collaborating with researchers from China to study obesity, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease in Chinese populations.
University of Ottowa
Epidemiologist, Health Surveillance and Epidemiology Division
Public Health Agency of Canada
Research Interests: Epidemiology of Dementia
Jean Mayer USDA HNRCA At Tufts University
James Joseph's research focuses on mechanisms involved in brain aging and vulnerability to oxidative stress and inflammation; nutritional modulation of this sensitivity.
YiFang Chu, Ph.D., leads the global coffee health and wellness research group at Kraft. Recent discoveries have led to several key patents and journal articles. A frequent reviewer, he constantly publishes articles of high impact, each of his publication is cited 60+ times on average.