So, drinking coffee could add years to your life (according to science)

Janie Parker
July 12, 2017

One study conducted a survey on over 520,000 people in 10 European countries - now the largest study on coffee and mortality. Previous studies conducted by Harvard University have reported drinking coffee can reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, lower the risk of deadly prostate cancer in men, and reduce the risk of heart failure and skin cancer for people who drank 1-2 cups of coffee daily, according to the San Diego Tribune.

The second study surveyed more than 180,000 participants of different races in the United States.

The research found that coffee reduces the risk of developing liver disease as well as limits the chances of digestive tract and circulatory diseases. They came to the same conclusion in regards to three cups of coffee, though it was only men who saw an 18 per cent less risk of death, as women had only an eight per cent reduced chance of dying.

"We can not say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association", said study author Veronica Wendy Setiawan, in a press release.

Two large studies have found a link between drinking more coffee and living longer. For example, the polyphenols found in coffee act as antioxidants, which helps cells survive from the damaging effects of molecules called free radicals. More research would also be required to find out what compounds in coffee are the ones that benefit a person's health.

A study out Tuesday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who drank a cup of coffee a day were 12 percent less likely to die from cancer, stroke and diabetes as well as heart, kidney and respiratory disease than non-drinkers.

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These lower risk values were after the researchers had adjusted for other factors, like smoking, drinking alcohol and eating more red meats, all of which the biggest coffee drinkers were more likely to do. 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'". "But research on coffee have mostly shown no harm to people's health".

The researchers noted that the results were the same whether participants drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee, which implies that caffeine is not responsible for the decreased risk of death.

All that the researchers did was look at several hundred thousand coffee drinkers, and non-coffee drinkers, over a period of 16 years, and record who died at which age from which cause.

Coffee is one of the most widespread drinks in the world.

"I love coffee! I drink coffee way too much", said Mariam Mosinyan, who is among millions (62 percent of Americans) who drink coffee every day.

"Our results suggest that moderate coffee drinking (up to ~three cups/day) is not detrimental to your health, and that incorporating coffee into your diet could actually have health benefits", says study author Marc Gunter. "If you're not a coffee drinker, then you need to consider if you should start". For example, people who drink more coffee tend to smoke more cigarettes, so that had to be taken into account.

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