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#1 Hum

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 22:42

A new Harvard study has discovered a high incidence of vision problems among men and women who drank three or more cups of coffee a day. The research, published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, linked heavy consumption of caffeinated coffee with increased likelihood of developing exfoliation glaucoma, an eye disorder that affects about 10 percent of adults over age 50 and can lead to vision loss or blindness.

Specifically, the researchers reported that adults who drank three or cups of coffee daily were 34 percent more likely to develop exfoliation glaucoma, compared to those who abstained from coffee. Women with a family history of glaucoma were at the highest risk, with their threat of exfoliation glaucoma soaring by 66 percent if they quaffed three or more cups of java per day.

Glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the world, affects 60 million people. It is a group of painless diseases that can damage the optic nerve, if untreated. Typically, this damage results from increased pressure within the eye, usually due to fluid buildup.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 23:56

Interesting.

Tea drinker here.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 23:59

So, just have one huge cup of coffee a day and you are safe.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:20

I'm glad that I don't like coffee now.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:28

whatever.... more BS 'studies'....

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:36

Oh I see whats going on...after winning the war on smoking they are turning their attention to coffee...don't be fooled guys,the tea cartel will stop at nothing.

Drinking coffee is like drinking a hot cup of freedom!

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:37

Yeah seems studies have liked being born with dying. Still inconclusive however, not enough correlational data. Test subjects needed.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:57

Had my first cup at 5.45 am and on my second as we speak!

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:27

Hovered the link expecting the Daily Mail. Was surprised when it wasn't.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:34

I like your sig Hum (Y)

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:45

Okay-- there is the problem...

Study of adults over 50 loosing eyesight... Hrmmm.. My Mom Drinks coffee like a race horse and still has 20/15 at 64. My father on the other hand that just has one cup in the morning at 65 and has 20/40

The problem is they just limited it to coffee drinkers OVER 50. And from what I understand -- people over 50 that is greater odds that glaucoma will happen...than people under 50.

Yes I can say that a population has 80% convicted felons that is if I only do my study in a prison.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 12:42

I wonder if there are some other factors mixed in, like coffee drinkers excessively watch TV, or work in front of computer monitors.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 12:51

I wonder if there are some other factors mixed in, like coffee drinkers excessively watch TV, or work in front of computer monitors.


Well I doubt that makes it worse as the caffeine in coffee does affect your blood pressure and that leads to other things that are chemically linked to it (blood vessels, and therefore the nervous system), but one thing that will build up is your inability to focus on distant objects. Even in my early 30's I've noticed some decay in how my vision tries to gauge distances.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 12:52

I'd technically be blind by now if this were true.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 12:54

Three cups of coffee to help stop you getting alzheimer's
I will not be reducing the amount that I drink just yet.