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Jyväkorpi, S.K., Urtamo, A., Kivimäki, M. et al. Associations of coffee drinking with physical performance in the oldest-old community-dwelling men The Helsinki Businessmen Study (HBS). Aging Clin Exp Res 33, 1371–1375 (2021).

Associations of coffee drinking with physical performance in the oldest-old community-dwelling men The Helsinki Businessmen Study (HBS)

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Author: Jyväkorpi, Satu K.1; Urtamo, Annele1; Kivimäki, Mika1;
Organizations: 1Department of Medicine, Clinicum and Helsinki University Hospital, University of Helsinki, Tukholmankatu 8 B, 00014, Helsinki, Finland
2Center for Life Course Health Research, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-05-03


Background: Habitual coffee drinking has been associated with lower risk of various chronic diseases linked to poor physical performance.

Objective: We explored cross-sectional associations between coffee consumption and physical performance among oldest-old community-dwelling men in the Helsinki Businessmen Study (HBS).

Methods: A random sample of HBS survivors (n = 126, mean age 87 years) attended a clinic visit in 2017/2018, including measurements of body composition, physical performance [Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB)], and cognition. Coffee consumption was retrieved from 3-day food diaries.

Results: Coffee consumption was positively associated with higher gait speed (p = 0.003), SPPB score (p = 0.035), and chair rise points (p = 0.043). Association of coffee with gait speed remained after adjustment for age, waist circumference, physical activity, pulse rate, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein.

Conclusion: Higher coffee consumption was independently associated with better physical performance reflected as faster gait speed in oldest-old men.

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Series: Aging clinical and experimental research
ISSN: 1594-0667
ISSN-E: 1720-8319
ISSN-L: 1594-0667
Volume: 33
Issue: 5
Pages: 1371 - 1375
DOI: 10.1007/s40520-020-01645-6
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
Funding: This work was supported by Foundation of Nutrition Research, VTR funding of the Helsinki University Hospital (EVO), Helsinki University Hospital Internal Medicine and Rehabilitation and Academy of Finland, Grant number 311492, Nord Forsk and Helsinki Institute of Life Science. The sponsors did not have any role in the study design, analysis, or interpretation of data, nor in writing the report or the decision to submit this article. The authors were independent researchers not associated with the funders.
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