Coffee could add months to your life, new study suggests

Glen Mclaughlin
July 12, 2017

It might actually be much more helpful, by lowering your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The mortality of people drinking at least one cup of coffee per day is lower than 12 % and even 18 % from three cups.

Women who drank three cups a day had an 8 perent reduced chance of death.

People who drink coffee may live longer than non-coffee drinkers, according to a study of more than 500,000 people across ten countries.

The studies involved more than 700,000 people and found that the more coffee individuals consumed, the less likely they were to die an early death from a number of diseases including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. A quarter of participants drank two to three cups of coffee per day and 7 per cent consumed four or more cups.

The European study, on the other hand, showed an inverse association between drinking coffee and liver disease, suicide in men, cancer in women, digestive diseases and circulatory diseases. "Coffee contains numerous chemical compounds, such as polyphenols which have antioxidant effects and other health promoting properties", Murphy explained.

Further research is needed but for now researchers are focused on what compounds are to credit for the health benefits of coffee.

Coffee addicts and enthusiasts habitually say drinking the bitter brew makes life worth living, but drinking coffee may also help them live longer, two major global studies published on Monday say.

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The research, conducted by the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine, the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute, looked specifically at about 186,000 people who were black, Native Hawaiian, white, Japanese American and Latino. A total of two studies, which involves large and diverse participant groups, were conducted and it was revealed that the effect were higher in the participant who drank more coffee, whether it was caffeinated or not. But it's thought these great benefits are down to antioxidants in coffee, not the caffeine.

Sir David Speigelhalter, Winton professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge calculated that coffee consumption can increase male's lives by three months and women's by one. LaPook said that patients are so used to doctors "saying 'don't eat that, don't eat this, ' so as a doctor, it's nice to be able to say, 'enjoy'".

People who drink the most coffee are less likely to die than those who drink the least or none, according to two new studies that followed almost three quarters of a million people for about 16 years.

So, to recap: don't take this as permission to start funneling coffee down your throat.

First of all, it doesn't matter how you like your coffee. Compared to people who didn't drink coffee, the ones who drank the most had lower mortality levels overall, as well as lower mortality from specific illnesses, including circulatory diseases and digestive diseases, particularly liver diseases.

"But if you've always been a coffee drinker", she said, "there's no reason to stop".

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