Coffee Drinkers Seem to Live Longer, According to Researchers

Herbert Rhodes
July 12, 2017

The research only shows an association and can not prove that coffee leads to a longer life, but experts say it is consistent with other studies that have shown potential beneficial effects of regularly drinking coffee.

For the Imperial study, researchers analysed data from more than half a million people aged 35 or over from 10 European Union countries.

Leader of the European segment of the study Dr Marc Gunter from IARC told the Daily Mail UK that the more coffee someone consumed, the lower the risk of death from any cause and more specifically from circulatory and digestive diseases.

The studies' almost three-quarters of a million participants were followed for over 16 years and included people of several ethnic groups.

People who drank two to four cups a day had an 18% lower risk of death compared with people who did not drink coffee. People who drank one cup a day were 12% less likely to die than those who abstained.

Lead author Dr Veronica Setiawan, from the University of Southern California, said: "We can not say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association".

In the "is coffee good for you" debate, science keeps backing up the side of the coffee lovers. Coffee contains many antioxidants and phenolic compounds - the substances that play an important role in the prevention of cancer.

Even if coffee has specific benefits, though, it would not be a magic bullet.

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However it's not caffeine that does the hard work-scientists say it's the antioxidant plant compounds in coffee that pack the protective qualities.

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 worldwide studies published on Monday say.

"If I don't have coffee by a certain time in the morning, I like don't feel like a human being", said Clay Colley of Cornersburg. "But the research on coffee has mostly shown no harm to people's health".

However, he said, while it's premature to actually prescribe coffee for health benefits, "It's becoming increasingly evident that moderate consumption can be part of a healthy diet".

Both studies adjusted findings to take into account that people who drink larger amounts of coffee are likely to smoke tobacco products as well. Researchers showed that coffee drinkers presented with more favorable liver function, better immune response, and better glucose control. Death eventually gets coffee drinkers too, but there appears to be an association between regular cups of joe and delaying that meeting with the creepy dude holding a scythe.

Coffee is one of the world's most commonly consumed beverages, with an estimated 2.25 billion cups drank around the world each day. Women who drank the most coffee, on the other hand, were 7 percent less likely to die during the period of study than women who didn't drink any. According to the report of the National Coffee Association, about 62 percent of Americans drink coffee daily (a 5% increase from 2016).

The researchers noted that their studies don't mean coffee itself prevents people from dying, as more research would be needed to make such a statement.

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