Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Drinking coffee could lower risk of death, study finds

Drinking coffee could lower risk of death, study finds

Also backing up this study's claims are previous studies - like the 2017 research covering more than 700,000 people that also found a link between coffee and a longer life.

A new study found that drinking coffee, even more than 8 cups a day, was linked with a lower risk of death within a 10-year follow-up period.

"A few studies have suggested that coffee drinkers with polymorphisms indicating slower caffeine metabolism may be at increased risk of adverse health outcomes", she said, adding "the U.K. Biobank, a very large cohort study with data on coffee intake, other lifestyle factors, and genetics, allowed us to address this question for the first time".

But something people may not realize that is also beneficial when it comes to coffee, especially during these sweltering summer months, is that coffee does not dehydrate you.

The team looked to see who drank coffee, how much and what kind of coffee, and looked for differences in several genes involved in metabolizing caffeine.

But for some coffee lovers, this may be the only evidence needed to enjoy more coffee.

I hope you're reading this while drinking a cup of coffee.

Of course with so many coffee drinkers across the world, such research tends to make headlines in popular media, which has been aswirl in coffee-and-health-related headlines lately for two reasons: 1) There is in reality more research coming out about the potential health benefits of coffee and its relationship to mortality; and 2) The recent California Proposition 65 ruling caused a significant backlash from the coffee industry and even the public health community, making headlines throughout the nation.

They found non-coffee drinkers were more likely to have died than those that drunk coffee.

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A cup of coffee at a cafe in Los Angeles, as seen on March 29. "Or at least not be bad", Lichtenstein said.

"But we know that within normal limits - as with something like fruit and vegetables - that if you enjoy it you might as well do so", she said.

Past studies have indicated an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson's and cancers of the liver, bowel, colon and endometrium. In the end, there were 14,225 deaths due to cancer (58 percent); cardiovascular disease (20 percent) and respiratory disease (4 percent).

"I try to have just one cup daily", Taylor said.

For the study, researchers invited 9 million British adults to take part; 498,134 women and men aged 40 to 69 agreed.

Researchers Erikka Loftfield, Marilyn C. Cornelis and Neil Caporaso used data collected over a decade from around half a million British volunteers.

The lower risk of death held true with both caffeinated and decaf coffee, leading researchers to believe the value of coffee lies in the beans.

He added: "Healthier coffee, free from sugar or syrup, should also be encouraged to optimize any health benefit".

[In 2014], a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies looking at long-term consumption of coffee and the risk of cardiovascular disease was published.

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