Coffee-drinking and personality as factors in the genesis of cancer and coronary heart disease

Neuropsychobiology. 1990-1991;23(3):153-9. doi: 10.1159/000119443.

Abstract

A study of the prediction of cancer and coronary heart disease on the basis of coffee consumption and personality shows that in cancer-prone probands (diagnosed on the basis of a personality inventory) coffee consumption was related to low incidence of cancer and high incidence of coronary heart disease, while diazepam showed the opposite trend. In coronary heart disease-prone probands coffee drinking was also linked with low incidence of cancer and high incidence of coronary heart disease, with diazepam again showing the opposite trend. In a personality type not prone to either disease, neither coffee consumption nor diazepam was linked with death from cancer or coronary heart disease. It is suggested that personality interacts in a predictable way with coffee and diazepam to determine in part the likelihood of death from cancer or coronary heart disease. Imipramine acts in a fashion similar to coffee, and opposite to diazepam.

MeSH terms

  • Coffee*
  • Coronary Disease / mortality
  • Coronary Disease / psychology*
  • Diazepam / pharmacology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Imipramine / pharmacology
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / mortality
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Personality*

Substances

  • Coffee
  • Imipramine
  • Diazepam