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Coffee Drinkers Walk 1000 Steps More Daily Than No Coffee Drinkers, Finds Study


Having coffee could help boost your step count, by approximately 1,000 steps per day. 

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This is according to a randomised trial (presented at the Americal Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2021) that involved 100 adult volunteers, who wore ECG devices and tracked their caffeine intake, movement, sleep and overall health for over two weeks.

Researchers also looked at  DNA saliva samples from the participants to assess genetic variants that may affect caffeine metabolism. The participants were then randomly assigned to a coffee or no coffee group and had to follow that for two consecutive days in the two-week period. 

Consumption of coffee was registered in real-time via a ‘timestamp button’ on the ECG monitor and trips to the coffee shop were tracked via GPS tracking on the device. The test subjects also had to answer questions about their coffee intake every morning. 

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Researchers found that coffee drinking led to a 54 percent increase in a type of abnormal heartbeat that comes from the lower heart chambers. However, they did find that drinking more coffee was also linked with fewer episodes of supraventricular tachycardia — an abnormal rapid heart rhythm that arises in the upper chambers of the heart

Consuming coffee was also seen to be associated with more physical activity and less sleep, the team observed, with those in the coffee-drinking group logging 1,000 steps additional every day compared to days when they were a part of the no-coffee group.

Each cup of copy consumed was associated with 600 more steps each day and 18 fewer minutes of sleep per night. They also had 36 fewer minutes of sleep per night compared to the days when they didn’t drink any coffee.

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Study author Gregory Marcus explained, “More physical activity, which appears to be prompted by coffee consumption, has numerous health benefits, such as reduced risks of Type 2 diabetes and several cancers, and is associated with greater longevity. On the other hand, reduced sleep is associated with a variety of adverse psychiatric, neurologic and cardiovascular outcomes.”

Marcus added, “More frequent abnormal heartbeats from the upper heart chambers influence risk of atrial fibrillation, and more frequent abnormal beats from the lower chambers, or ventricles, increase the risk of heart failure. These results highlight the complex relationship between coffee and health.”

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