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IT Pro Nightmare: Coffee Intake Linked To Alzheimer's
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riffy1
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7/31/2015 | 10:43:42 AM
Stupid assumptions
Author of article assumed that increasing coffee drinking CAUSED alzheimer's.  Just as likely if not more so that increased coffee drinking is compensating for the beginning of alzheimer's and not causal.
StaceyE
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StaceyE,
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7/31/2015 | 11:01:39 AM
Ugh!
Well Thank goodness I cut down to a cup a day!
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/31/2015 | 11:12:38 AM
Re: Stupid assumptions
@riffy1- I think it is fair to say "cause" is too strong a word. But I don't think the idea that the coffee is compensating for the beginning of Alzheimer's is necessarily correct because increased drinking was linked to MCI. One would expect no effect or an increased covering from more use if it was just covering the existing effect. the fact that more leads to a noticable increase of MCI in my mind (and if I'm reading the report correctly) seems to mean there is a link to increased coffee use and MCI.
jagibbons
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7/31/2015 | 12:00:53 PM
Re: Stupid assumptions
A "link" is not necessarily causation. There can be lots of reasons behind a positive correlation between two events.
SunitaT0
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7/31/2015 | 2:12:17 PM
Re: Stupid assumptions
Why are all the drinks that I like are trying to kill me? Now you are going to provide a link which states "Live off a vegan diet, because you can live a hundred years!". You know how people say you eat to live? Well not me! I would rather die on a full stomach than live a hundred years eating plants.
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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7/31/2015 | 2:18:40 PM
Re: Stupid assumptions
I would say more than enough of anything would get you health problems. Be it coffee or anything else.
StaceyE
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StaceyE,
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7/31/2015 | 3:58:59 PM
Re: Stupid assumptions
Very good point. Link is definitely different than cause.
StaceyE
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StaceyE,
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7/31/2015 | 4:00:50 PM
Re: Stupid assumptions
I'm with you Sunitato!
Angelfuego
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Angelfuego,
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7/31/2015 | 6:39:30 PM
Re: Stupid assumptions
I enjoyed youe article and videos. I tend tot hink most things, including coffee, are okay when taken in moderation. Let's hope I am right. I type this as I sip my coffee!
MattDN
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8/3/2015 | 9:28:33 PM
Sleep Problems
I read recently that there's a link between poor sleep quality and Alzheimer's disease.  Perhaps increasing coffee consumption later in life is an attempt to compensate for poor sleep quality?  There are probably different types of sleep disorders, but in the case of untreated sleep apnea, especially if severe, there are many episodes during the night where blood oxygen drops.  The risk of developing sleep apnea increases with age.  I'm not a medical researcher, but it seems plausible to me that the underlying issue here is a relationship between sleep apnea and Alzheimer's.  That would make the link between coffee and Alzheimer's a correlation, not a cause.  (Disclaimer:  I have not read the study.  Maybe the authors addressed this and/or attempted to correct for this effect?  Also, I drink coffee so I'm "highly biased".)

 
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