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Could Caffeine Help Women Ward Off Dementia?

Many women who always have a caffeinated drink in their hands may be thankful to learn that drinking 24 ounces of coffee, 40 ounces of black tea or about 48 ounces of soda each day may help lower their chances of getting dementia. At least, that’s according to a study recently published in The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. Following is everything Temple Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers need to know about the study and how caffeine reduces the risk of dementia.

Caffeine May Lower the Risk of Getting Dementia

Over the course of 10 years, researchers studied the lifestyle choices of 6,467 women who were over the age of 65 and living in the Wisconsin community. They found that women that consumed over 261 milligrams of caffeine daily were 37 percent less likely to develop dementia or other cognitive-memory problems. This news excites researchers because of the length of the study and the large sampling size.

Caffeine Alone May Be Enough

After arriving at their initial conclusions, researchers then reanalyzed the data for social-economic and health considerations and found no direct correlation. This appears to further support researchers’ assumptions that caffeine alone is what prevented dementia in the study.

Be Wary of Too Much Caffeine

Each woman needs to decide if and how she wants to change her lifestyle based on this new evidence. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic point out that consuming caffeine after 6pm can have negative consequences when the lady wants to go to sleep. They also point out that some people have an allergic reaction to caffeine exhibiting rapid heart rates and muscle tremors.

These researchers say that negative effects are most often seen in people who consume more than 500 milligrams of caffeine daily, so women may want to consider their dietary choices carefully to achieve a happy balance.

More Research Is Needed

Numerous studies have looked at how consuming caffeine can slow progression in people with dementia with mixed results. Researchers completing the large survey say that their research should encourage other researchers to take another look at the effects of caffeine on the body.

If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, turn to Home Care Assistance for help. We provide specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia elderly care Temple seniors need to age in place with dignity while boosting emotional and cognitive wellbeing. Call a trusted Care Manager today at 254-856-0600 to learn more about our services and how we can tailor them to meet your loved one’s needs.