Coffee could actually help you live longer

Coffee drinkers will be feeling a little better about sipping on a steaming long black as a new study showed the popular beverage may help you live longer.

And the benefits apply to decaffeinated coffee as well.


New research revealed

Researchers have identified a link between daily coffee intake and reduced risk of death from numerous diseases. These include cancer, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease.

The study by the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

185,855 adults aged between 45 and 75 and from a variety of cultural backgrounds took part in the study which followed them up for an average of 16 years.


The results?

Participants who consumed one cup per day were found to have a 12% lower risk of death from cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease, and kidney disease than those who never or rarely drank coffee.

Interestingly, the risk was 18% lower for those who drank three cups every day.

Mortality risk from these conditions was found to be 18% lower for those who drank three cups of the brew every day.

“This study is the largest of its kind and includes minorities who have very different lifestyles,” lead study author Veronica W. Setiawan commented.

“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.”


The bigger picture

This is the latest in a series of studies which have highlighted the health benefits of coffee. Another study suggested drinking coffee may halve the risk of liver cancer. Yet another linked it to reduced dementia risk.

It’s not all rosy when it comes to the drink however.

Other research has also shown caffeine in coffee boosts levels of catecholamines – also known as stress hormones. The consequent spike in cortisol and insulin can result in inflammation and high blood sugar levels which can have serious implications in terms of cardiovascular health.


Are you partial to a daily cup of joe?



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Journo turned fitness professional, passionate about helping people to live a healthier and happier life! A long way from London, I now call Sydney home.

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