Drinking More Coffee Linked To Lower Risk Of Death

Drinking More Coffee Linked To Lower Risk Of Death

Even the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2015-2020 dietary guidelines say that drinking three to five eight-ounce cups a day "can be incorporated into healthy eating patterns" given "strong and consistent evidence showing that, in healthy adults, moderate coffee consumption is not associated with an increased risk of major chronic diseases (e.g., cancer) or premature death".

For the larger of the two new studies, researchers analyzed data from a nutrition study that tracked more than 520,000 people from 10 European countries for an average of 16.4 years.

Most previous studies on the effects of coffee on longevity have focused on people of European descent. A total of two studies, which involves large and diverse participant groups, were conducted and it was revealed that the effect were higher in the participant who drank more coffee, whether it was caffeinated or not.

Studies have already tied the habit to lower risks of various diseases - from heart disease and type 2 diabetes, to liver cancer, to neurological diseases like Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. Accounting for things like age, physical condition and smoking "those who drank three or more cups a day were found to have a 18% lower risk of death for men, and a 8% lower risk of death for women at any age, compared with those who didn't drink the brew". Up that intake to two to three cups a day, and researchers found an 18 percent reduced chance of death.

"We can not say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association", said lead author Veronica Setiawan, an associate professor at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

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The health benefits and limitations of coffee have been long studied, and this isn't the first time coffee drinkers have seen headlines claiming their morning habit may result in a longer life.

Setiawan said: "coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention". Just take it as a little bit of evidence that your coffee habit might not be as bad as everyone thinks.

In a subset of 14,000 people, the team analysed metabolic biomarkers and found coffee drinkers had healthier livers and better glucose control. LaPook said that patients are so used to doctors "saying 'don't eat that, don't eat this, ' so as a doctor, it's nice to be able to say, 'enjoy'".

Until more is known, he, too, said the findings at least suggest coffee isn't detrimental to people's health.

Dr. Gunter is careful not to make specific recommendations about how much coffee people should drink, as more research is needed on the topic. The feel-good beans are believed to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. Well, pour yourself some coffee, as new studies have discovered three cups a day can extend your life! In every country, "coffee drinking was associated with reduced risk for death from various causes". "We know many of these biological factors are related to different health outcomes, so it is another piece of the puzzle", said Gunter.

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