Caffeinate Me – A Follow-up

“Want coffee?” I asked, as I headed that way.
“It’s three thirty in the morning.”
“Okay. Want coffee?”

― Darynda Jones

Back on Nov.14th I posted, “Caffeinate Me” about coffee, its health benefits, and the best way to brew it. It was a well received bit that generated a flurry of emails to me, including one or two that expressed their dislike for coffee and a preference for tea (which prompted me to follow up on the 16th with the posting of “If Not Coffee, Then Tea?” where I did the same for tea as I’d earlier done for coffee (health benefits, etc.) and only one responded with a “Like”. What’s that say?)

Saw something in the news that might explain why some people don’t like coffee (or very little, or only infrequently) and why some people seem to exist on nothing but. Eve Glazier (M.D, MBA) and Elizabeth Koe (M.D.) author a syndicated medical advice column entitled “Ask the Doctors”. A writer asked, “Is it possible that a love of caffeine is in [the] genes?”

Their answer: “Surprising as it may seem, recent studies suggest yes, for some people the craving…of coffee is actually built into their DNA” and “Not only does your DNA decide whether or not you like coffee, the genes you carry determine how coffee will affect your body and your health.”

You can read the article at:

http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/TheFresnoBee/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=FRB%2F2016%2F12%2F15&entity=Ar03201&sk=E9C10D5A

But here’s the condensed version:

Everyone has either the “fast” gene or the “slow” gene that determines how fast your body processes coffee in the liver. The fast crowd experiences all the good physical reactions (mood enhancements, alertness, etc.) while the slows only experience the bad (jitters and inability to sleep, for example). And what was found in a 2014 study is that caffeine for those with the fast gene showed a decreased risk of heart attack and hypertension, whereas those with the slow gene had a greater risk of both.

I can only conclude that:

If you’re like me, a 6-8 cup-a-day person, who really enjoys how it makes me feel – drink up, it may keep you from an early death.

And if coffee makes you feel miserable – you may want to avoid anything with caffeine.

You may live longer.

– Bill

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