Coffee Delays Liver Disease Progression, Extends Survival Post-Transplant

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Drinking at least 200 mL coffee a day may stave off the advancement of alcoholic liver disease and some cases of primary sclerosing cholangitis in patients with end-stage liver disease awaiting liver transplant, according to recent published findings. In addition, coffee consumption may increase survival post-transplant.

“The limitation of donated organs highlights the importance of identifying modifiable factors that can aid in the management of patients awaiting liver transplantation and help to optimize outcome after liver transplantation,” Kilian Friedrich, MD, of the department of internal medicine, University Hospital of Heidelberg in Germany, and colleagues wrote. “As coffee is inexpensive, widely available, and protective for certain liver diseases, its consumption may be potentially beneficial for patients with ESLD or after liver transplantation.”

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