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Smoking, Coffee Consumption Cuts Liver Disease

Update Date: Jul 09, 2014 01:44 PM EDT

Drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes are generally perceived as unhealthy habits. However, new research these bad habits might actually help protect people against liver disease.

Norwegian researchers from Oslo University Hospital had 240 patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and 245 randomly chosen individuals from the Norwegian Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

The latest study also showed that levels of daily coffee consumption was significantly lower in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis.

Researchers also found that significantly more people in the control group smoked compared to those in the primary sclerosing cholangitis group, according to HealthDay.

Researchers also found that sex differences in the development of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). Researchers found that a link between ever daily smoking before PSC diagnosis and older age at diagnosis (42 versus 32 years; P < 0.001). However, significantly fewer females in the experimental group used hormonal conception compared to those in the control group.

The study also found that there was a significant correlation in women between increasing number of children before the diagnosis of PSC and increasing age at diagnosis (P < 0.001), according to HealthDay.

"Coffee consumption and smoking might protect against development of PSC," researchers wrote in the study.

The findings were published in the June edition of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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