Coffee and serum lipids: Findings from the Olivetti heart study

Fabrizio Jossa, Vittorio Krogh, Eduardo Farinaro, Salvatore Panico, Dante Giumetti, Rocco Galasso, Egidio Celentano, Mario Mancini, Maurizio Trevisan

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The relationship between coffee consumption and blood lipids was analyzed in a sample of 900 male workers of southern Italy participating in the Olivetti Heart Study. In the univariate analysis, coffee drinkers (n = 856) had higher values for body mass index (P ≤ 0.05) and number of cigarettes smoked per day (P ≤ 0.001), and lower levels of serum high-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (P ≤ 0.05), compared to noncoffee drinkers (n = 44). In addition, coffee consumption (cups/d) was positively related to serum triglyceride levels (r = 0.105, P ≤ 0.01) and cigarette smoking (r = 0.491, P ≤ 0.01), and was inversely related to age (r = -0.122, P ≤ 0.01). After multivariate adjustment, coffee consumption remained significantly related to age, cigarette smoking, and body mass index (data not shown). After stratification for smoking status, a significant positive linear trend between coffee consumption and serum total cholesterol was observed only in smokers. No significant trend was observed for serum triglycerides and high-density-lipoprotein cholesterol with coffee intake according to smoking status. This finding suggests that the relationship between coffee consumption and serum total cholesterol may change with the smoking status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-255
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Epidemiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1993


  • cigarette smoking
  • Coffee consumption
  • serum total cholesterol
  • serum triglycerides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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