Espresso, latte or decaf? Genetic code drives your desire for coffee

Whether you hanker for a hard hit of caffeine or favour the frothiness of a milky cappuccino, your regular coffee order could be telling you more about your cardio health than you think.

In a world first study of 390,435 people, University of South Australia researchers found causal genetic evidence that cardio health – as reflected in blood pressure and heart rate – influences coffee consumption. 

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Conducted in partnership with the SAHMRI, the team found that people with high blood pressure, angina, and arrythmia were more likely to drink less coffee, decaffeinated coffee or avoid coffee altogether compared to those without such symptoms, and that this was based on genetics. 


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5 responses to “Espresso, latte or decaf? Genetic code drives your desire for coffee

  1. My body regularly asks if we should try to mainline coffee. I tell it to relax. Just a little.

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  2. Deb

    I used to be a great coffee fan. Used to drink coffee almost all the time. That used to make me feel energized and refreshed throughout my day. Recently I have been diagnosed with a health issue related to my gynaecological health and the doctor has asked me to totally refrain from coffee. This has made my life two times more tough. Whenever I go through some post related to coffee,I just stop by. 🥺😭


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    • I also have a love for coffee. My stimulus is seeing folks carrying around ‘togo’ cups. I don’t drink any coffee after 6:00 PM because it screws up my sleep,so if I see a character on TV carrying a ‘togo’ cup of coffee, I am in trouble.


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