Drinking coffee may help reduce the risk of death for people with chronic kidney disease, suggests a study.
When compared to people that consumed less caffeine, patients that consumed higher levels of caffeine presented a nearly 25 per cent reduction in the risk of death over a median follow-up of 60 months.
“Our study showed a protective effect of caffeine consumption among patients with chronic kidney disease. The reduction in mortality was present even after considering other important factors such as age, gender, race, smoking, other diseases, and diet,” said lead author Miguel Bigotte Vieira from the Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte in Portugal.
“These results suggest that advising patients with kidney disease to drink more caffeine may reduce their mortality. This would represent a simple, clinically beneficial, and inexpensive option,” Vieira added.
The study published in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, obtained data from 4,863 people.
However, the observation does not confirm lesser chronic kidney disease related deaths, but only suggests the possibility of the effect.