Drinking Coffee Could Lead To a Longer Life

Whether it’s caffeinated or decaffeinated, coffee is associated with lower mortality, which suggests the association is not tied to caffeine.

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Drinking Coffee Could Lead To a Longer Life
Researchers found health benefits associated with coffee drinkers who had even just one cup a day.

Coffee is certainly the best way to start your day. Drinking coffee also has many positive effects on our health and well-being. Scientists found one more benefit of drinking coffee regularly. Scientists have found that people who drink coffee seem to live longer.

According to the new study by the scientists at the University of Southern California, people who drink coffee have a lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory and kidney disease.

People who drink coffee (1 cup) a day, live longer as compared to the who don’t drink. This association was even stronger for those who drank 2-3 cups a day. They typically have 18 percent reduced the chance of death.

Veronica W. Setiawan, lead author of the study said, “Lower mortality was present regardless of whether people drank regular or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine.”

“We cannot say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association. If you like to drink coffee, drink up! If you’re not a coffee drinker, then you need to consider if you should start.”

Scientists used data from the Multiethnic Cohort Study. The study is a collaborative effort between the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the Keck School of Medicine.

The Multiethnic Cohort Study had almost 215,000 participants and bills itself as the most ethnically diverse study examining lifestyle risk factors that may lead to cancer.

According to scientists, such discoveries are important because lifestyle patterns and disease risks can vary substantially across racial and ethnic backgrounds, and findings in one group may not necessarily apply to others.

The participants involved in the study have very different lifestyles.

Setiawan said, “Seeing a similar pattern across different populations gives stronger biological backing to the argument that coffee is good for you whether you are white, African-American, Latino or Asian.”

“People who drink one to two cups of coffee daily, have positive effects from drinking coffee.”

According to the National Coffee Association, almost 62% of Americans drink coffee daily. And almost 5 percent increase from 2016 numbers.

During the study, scientists examined the data of 185,855 African-Americans (17 percent), Native Hawaiians (7 percent), Japanese-Americans (29 percent), Latinos (22 percent) and whites (25 percent) ages 45 to 75 at recruitment. Participants were asked about diet, lifestyle, and family and personal medical history.

They reported their coffee drinking habits when they entered the study and updated them about every five years, checking one of nine boxes that ranged from “never or hardly ever” to “4 or more cups daily.” They also reported whether they drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. The average follow-up period was 16 years.

Almost 16% participants reported that they did not drink coffee. 31 percent drank one cup per day. 25 percent drank two to three cups per day and 7 percent drank four or more cups per day. The remaining 21 percent had irregular coffee consumption habits.

Over the course of the study, almost about 31 percent died due to heart disease and cancer.

Now, scientists are examining how coffee is associated with the risk of developing specific cancers.

Setiawan said, “Some people worry drinking coffee can be bad for you because it might increase the risk of heart disease, stunt growth or lead to stomach ulcers and heartburn. But research on coffee has mostly shown no harm to people’s health.”

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