Wellington baristas welcome research showing drinking coffee is linked to longer life

Drinking six cups of coffee per day could cut your risks of dying early by 16%

Drinking six cups of coffee per day could cut your risks of dying early by 16%

People who drank coffee, no matter how much or what kind they drank, were less likely to die over that 10-year period than non-coffee drinkers, they reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Internal Medicine.

A 10-year study released Monday showed that coffee drinkers had a lower risk of death than abstainers, including those who downed at least eight cups daily. And the risk of death during the follow-up period was only slightly higher for people drinking around 4 cups of coffee a day compared with those who drank more than 8, he told Live Science.

Researchers say this suggests caffeine wasn't responsible, but as the study was observational more research is required to determine what is behind the benefit.

But something people may not realize that is also beneficial when it comes to coffee, especially during these sweltering summer months, is that coffee does not dehydrate you.

Dr Loftfield, of the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, said: "Coffee drinking was inversely associated with mortality, including among those drinking eight or more cups per day and those with genetic mutations indicating slower or faster caffeine metabolism".

But for some coffee lovers, this may be the only evidence needed to enjoy more coffee.


New research from the United Kingdom has revealed that drinking coffee - even for those who down up to eight cups a day - may be good for your longevity.

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. It can just say that people who drink coffee are less likely to die early. Differences by amount of coffee consumed and genetic variations were minimal. "Or at least not be bad", she said.

"But here's a situation where there was always some feeling of, 'Oh, can't be - I enjoy it too much, it can't be good for me.' And now we're finding out that it's good".

To shed light on these concerns, researchers delved into data from the U.K. Biobank study made up of 500,000 individuals across the U.K. between 2006 and 2010. Coffee-drinkers fared better than people who did not drink coffee.

The research didn't include whether participants drank coffee black or with cream and sugar. In the end, there were 14,225 deaths due to cancer (58 percent); cardiovascular disease (20 percent) and respiratory disease (4 percent).

Drinking coffee could cut the risk of death even in those who struggle to metabolize caffeine, scientists believe. But Ms Lichtenstein said loading coffee with extra fat and calories isn't healthy.

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