Another Cup? More Coffee Could Be Linked to Longer Life Span

Faith Castro
July 6, 2018

The researchers concluded that this "study provides further evidence that coffee drinking can be part of a healthy diet and offers reassurance to coffee drinkers".

Brew addicts' daily coffee fix is probably doing wonders for their lifespan as a new study reveals that coffee drinkers are more likely to live longer.

The study found it didn't matter how the coffee was drunk, with espresso style, instant and even decaffeinated coffee having the effect.

The study of almost half-a-million British adults, published yesterday in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal, showed that coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers.

Feel free to pour yourself a cup of coffee before reading this - even if you've already had some today.

A study published a year ago in The BMJ British medical journal looked at more than 200 previous studies and suggested drinking three to four cups of coffee a day can positively impact health more than cause harm.

The live-giving properties of a cup of joe even stayed in place for the survey's 10,000 respondents who drank eight cups or more a day.

New Zealanders sip their way through 3.7kg of coffee a person each year, so it pays to remember that caffeine is a stimulant and drinking too much can result in anxiety, headaches, high blood pressure and palpitations.

Researchers arrived at this conclusion after assessing the health of 500,000 people who took part in a study based in the United Kingdom.

Eisenberg, a cardiologist, says there isn't enough clinical information in the study to change your coffee drinking habits just yet.

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In addition, the caffeine in coffee may have bad health consequences for some people, she said.

However, despite the findings, the researchers are warning people not to significantly increase their coffee intake in a freakish quest for eternal life.

As all this data shows, coffee is likely beneficial for most of us, and at the very least not harmful.

The inverse association with mortality continued right up to eight cups of coffee a day, suggesting we shouldn't worry too much about overdoing our coffee consumption.

But, "drinking coffee is not a miracle in a cup, and is unlikely to prevent the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle, such as the typical Western diet or smoking tobacco", Heller noted.

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. However the association with a lower risk of death was observed both for slow and fast metabolisers of caffeine.

Adam Taylor, fetching two iced coffees for friends Monday in downtown Chicago, said the study results make sense.

Her team followed the 498,134 participants, aged 38 to 73, from 2006 until 2016, during which time 14,225 of them died.

The research didn't include whether participants drank coffee black or with cream and sugar.

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