Your liver is negatively impacted by coffee, smoking and alcohol

Your liver is negatively impacted by coffee, smoking and alcohol

Any recent studies you may have seen trying to sell you on the idea that coffee or alcohol are good for you are bogus.  They both damage the liver and that raises your risk for early death from all of the major killers.  Remember these are amongst the biggest industries in the world and they are growing at a sadly staggering rate.  They have a lot of money to pour (ha ha) into PR, marketing and spin. 

This 500 patient study found that drinking coffee, smoking or drinking alcohol all negatively affect the individual components of liver function tests (LFTs).

  • On univariable and multivariable analyses, drinking coffee lowered serum levels of total protein, albumin, and aspartate aminotransferases (AST) 
  • On multivariable analyses, smoking raised serum gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) level and decreased serum protein and albumin levels

Study by Eun Sun Jang, Sook-Hyang Jeong, Sung Ho Hwang, Hyun Young Kim, So Yeon Ahn, Jaebong Lee, Sang Hyub Lee, Young Soo Park, Jin Hyeok Hwang, Jin-Wook Kim, Nayoung Kim and Dong Ho Lee as published by Biomedical Central Gastroenterology 2012, 12:145 doi:10.1186/1471-230X-12-145, on 18 October 2012.

Posted: Tuesday 22 January 2013

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