Coffee is a lightning rod for conflicting medical studies. Every few weeks it seems, a new study comes out touting the benefits or risks of drinking coffee or drinking too much coffee — an amount which is also hotly debated. According to BlueCross BlueShield, here’s where the science stands regarding the pros and cons of coffee consumption: Pros Coffee may help protect against type 2 diabetes. Coffee may help reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease and may help control Parkinson-related tremors. Coffee lowers the risk of liver cancer and protects against cirrhosis of the liver. Moderate coffee consumption (16 ounces daily) can help protect against heart failure. Cons Drinking too much coffee/caffeine can trigger anxiety symptoms, especially in those with underlying anxiety disorders. Coffee/caffeine causes the release of adrenaline, which can lead to elevated heart rate and blood pressure. Coffee can inhibit proper sleep cycles in some people and even […]