Coffee drinking connected to lower risk of death, study finds

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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.

Coffee lovers may not have to feel that familiar pang of guilt when pouring themselves yet another cup of joe for the day.

"It doesn't even really explain why or how, you don't know whether it's the caffeine or things people put in the coffee". "The tastes may vary depending on how you drink the coffee; the chemical compounds that may be beneficial probably don't change as much, so regardless of how you drink coffee, you're probably going to get most of the benefits".

However, the researchers stressed that the study only found an association with coffee and longevity and didn't prove that coffee leads to a longer life.

The research team plans to break down the Biobank data by coffee preparation type - pressed coffee, versus filtered coffee, for example, to see if that makes any difference to health. That number rises to 16 percent for those who drank six to seven cups, before jumping down to 14 percent for those consuming eight or more.

Previous studies in the US, Europe and Asia have found a consistent link between coffee drinking and reduced deaths from all causes including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease and liver, bowel and womb cancer.

Overall, coffee drinkers were about 10 percent to 15 percent less likely to die than abstainers during a decade of follow-up.


The researchers, who hail from various institutions including the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, say they hope their findings provide further reassurance that coffee can be part of a healthy diet. There are plenty of personal sensitivities to coffee and caffeine.

Drink up, coffee fiends.

"Early on, there were some reports of potential adverse effects as far as coffee and health outcomes", said Alice Lichtenstein, the Gershoff Professor of nutrition science and policy at Tufts University.

We've guzzled down similar findings before: Just last summer, two separate studies delivered similar good news about coffee and mortality.

During the next decade, 14,225 participants died, mostly of cancer or heart disease. Indeed, only a fraction of the people in the study reported drinking 8 or more cups of coffee a day, she added - about 10,000 of the 500,000 participants.

But coffee drinkers in the study didn't have higher risks than non-drinkers of dying from heart disease and other blood pressure-related causes.

The research didn't include whether participants drank coffee black or with cream and sugar. A recent study that brewed up good news for coffee drinkers involved British volunteers.

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