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Study of coffee’s benefits to liver has limitations

Drinking two cups of coffee a day might help reduce the risk of cirrhosis of the liver, but some experts think that the effects might be overstated.

A recent study suggests that drinking two cups of coffee a day might help reduce the risk of cirrhosis of the liver, but some doctors say the effects might be overstated.

Cirrhosis is a condition in which the liver begins to deteriorate and is unable to function normally, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The condition causes more than a million deaths a year in the country.

The study, though, comes with a warning.

Dr. Jamile Wakim-Fleming of Cleveland clinic did not take part in the study that looked at the potential benefits coffee may have on liver health. But she says it’s important to remember the drink is not powerful enough to counteract lifestyle choices that damage the liver.

“To go ahead and say that the coffee is going to reverse all the liver damage and prevent you from having transplant or death because you’re drinking more coffee right now, or (to say) ‘Go ahead and do whatever you want to do – do the drugs and drink the alcohol because coffee is going to fix it,’ is the wrong message,” Wakim-Fleming said.

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