Livin’ la vida mocha: Coffee has life lengthening properties, study suggests



The study was published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Then they looked at death rates over 10 years of the study. That inverse association was also found with decaf and instant coffee.

A new study adds to growing evidence that drinking coffee may help you live longer.

Of course with so many coffee drinkers across the world, such research tends to make headlines in popular media, which has been aswirl in coffee-and-health-related headlines lately for two reasons: 1) There is in reality more research coming out about the potential health benefits of coffee and its relationship to mortality; and 2) The recent California Proposition 65 ruling caused a significant backlash from the coffee industry and even the public health community, making headlines throughout the nation. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily.

Of the study cohort, about 78 percent were coffee drinkers and researchers followed up with this group over 10 years with the end result being mortality.

The results support the recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which states consuming three to five cups of coffee per day, or 400 milligrams per day, of caffeine is not detrimental to healthy individuals.

In the end, there were 14,225 deaths due to cancer (58 percent); cardiovascular disease (20 percent) and respiratory disease (4 percent).

So the study seems to suggest you can get much the same health benefits from cheap supermarket coffee as from a fancy cup of artisanal terroir coffee. But overall, "coffee drinkers were about 10 percent to 15 percent less likely to die than abstainers during a decade of follow-up", according to an Associated Press report on the study. For one thing, they were more likely to drink instant coffee.

In a survey of over a half-million people in the United Kingdom, researchers found that people who drank up to, or more than, eight cups of coffee per day had a lower risk of early death compared to those who didn't.

"It's hard to believe that something we enjoy so much could be good for us".

On the basis of this study, some people who were holding back on coffee because of lingering health concerns may want to drink a little more if they want to, professor Lichstenstein says. However, earlier studies focused primarily on health risks after the presence of such diseases were found.

Other studies have suggested that substances in coffee may reduce inflammation and improve how the body uses insulin, which can reduce chances for developing diabetes. Differences by amount of coffee consumed and genetic variations were minimal.

The health benefits of the caffeinated pick-me-up have always been debated.

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