Drinking coffee, even decaf or instant, may help you live longer

  • Drinking coffee, even decaf or instant, may help you live longer

Drinking coffee, even decaf or instant, may help you live longer

In a study of 9 million British male and female adults, coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years (10 to 15%) than those who didn't drink it regularly. This correlation was found in individuals who drank one cup of coffee to as many as eight per day.

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.

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. But those who drank the most coffee were less likely to die, the findings showed.

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"A lot of people start drinking tea because they know all the negative stuff associated with coffee and they come in and they're like, 'Oh, I've drunk too much coffee already today, ' and you can now say to them that actually it's beneficial to health", he said.

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. One cup of coffee lowers the risk of death by eight percent.

The FDA has suggested that Americans consume no more than 400mg of caffeine, or four cups of coffee, per day. If there were a big study on fruits and vegetables lowering the risk of dying, we'd all just shrug, she said.

For the study, the researchers collected data on more than 500,000 people who took part in a large, long-running British study.

Alice Lichenstein, a Tufts University nutrition researcher not linked to the study agrees, saying coffee has had negative health connotations which partially come from early literature suggesting coffee is not healthy for people.

Coffee has always been linked with combating heart disease, cancer, dementia, diabetes and depression.

But this latest research is particular noteworthy because the team tapped into the data of 498,134 British people voluntarily registered with the UK Biobank genetics database, then logged deaths over a 10 year period.

It might reduce inflammation in the body, improve how insulin gets used, it might help liver function and it might benefit the linings of the blood vessels. Some prior studies had suggested that people with these gene variations could be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, Loftfield said.

But coffee drinkers in the United Kingdom study didn't have higher risks than nondrinkers 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. But Ms Lichtenstein said loading coffee with extra fat and calories isn't healthy.