Coffee Reprieve

By Health Day

Your morning cup of coffee can help wake you up but it probably won't lead to a bothersome skin condition.

More than half of adults in America drink coffee daily. Roughly two percent of Americans have the skin problem psoriasis. And scientists have been unsure whether they could be related.

Some studies have found that coffee and caffeine may help fight psoriasis. But other research found that these may encourage it. A new study sheds more light.

The researchers included more than 82,000 women who didn't have psoriasis at the beginning of the study. Over the course of 14 years, the women checked in several times to discuss their usual foods and drinks.

Women who drank more coffee or consumed more caffeine in general didn't have a higher risk of psoriasis.

So coffee, it seems, isn't linked to this problem. But another tradition that some people enjoy with their coffee does appear to raise the risk. These researchers found that smoking was linked to psoriasis in men and women. Those who smoke more heavily have a higher risk.

Coffee seems OK, but quitting smoking can have a big effect on protecting your skin along with the rest of your body.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.

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