Drinking Coffee Cuts Your Risk of Dying by 16 Percent, Study Says

Coffee beans in a mug

Coffee beans in a mug

Last Updated: July 02, 2018.

Having a cup of coffee could boost your chances of living a longer life, according to new research from the United Kingdom.

Last year, researchers in Spain also reported that people who drank at least four cups of coffee a day had a 64 percent lower risk of death than those who never or nearly never drank coffee.

And it's not the caffeine.

"We know that some people metabolize caffeine quite slowly and are less tolerant of the apparent physical affects of caffeine, which of course comes from many sources other than coffee".

The researchers said: "The study provides further evidence that drinking coffee can be part of a healthy diet and offers reassurance to coffee drinkers". A study at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health found no increased risk of death from any cause, including cancer or cardiovascular disease, for people drinking up to six cups a day - although we're talking about a small cup containing 100mg of caffeine and not a triple shot latte.

The study, published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that coffee drinkers had a 10 to 15 percent lower chance of death over 10 years than those who don't drink coffee. Most of the subjects (154,000) drank two to three cups per day and 10,000 of them drank at least eight cups every day! But it turns out that even slow caffeine metabolizers seem to share the death-risk-reduction connected to coffee drinking. "It's the non-caffeine components that might be responsible for the association", she said.

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

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"If somebody enjoys drinking coffee, they may continue to enjoy it based on these findings".

And some of their habits and characteristics might make these British coffee-drinkers look unhealthier to start with.

However, people are normally advised to drink no more than four cups of coffee a day - about 400mg.

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. The findings were true among all coffee drinkers, even those who might be more sensitive to the effects of caffeine.

Samantha Heller is a nutritionist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.

Other research has indicated that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop various forms of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, depression, Alzheimer's, dementia, liver cirrhosis, and heart disease.

Years ago, health concerns about coffee included fears that it might raise risk of pancreatic cancer and other diseases.

I hope you're reading this while drinking a cup of coffee. Also, that U.S. Dietary Guidelines advise moderate coffee consumption as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

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