Coffee drinkers at times get a bad rep as some people believe coffee is not good for you, did you know drinking coffee may help you live longer? Most coffee drinkers are using it for a quick energy pick up, not even realizing coffee may also be extending their life span.
New studies and research suggests that drinking your daily coffee, even in larger amounts, might help you live longer. Of course there is always an exception as some people should not be drinking coffee at all due to health problems or even being allergic. If you fall into this category please get advice from your doctor before consuming coffee.
Coffee drinkers were observed in a study, which showed slightly lower death rates than non-coffee drinkers over a period of time, whether their java of choice had caffeine in it or was decaf.
The findings do not prove 100% that coffee will protect us and allow us to live longer, but it does strongly show that drinking coffee in larger amounts is not harmful if you are in good health. Women who drank two to three cups of coffee per day had a 18% reduction in death rates from all causes, while the women who drank four to five cups of coffee per day had a whopping 26% reduction in death rate or risk. It seems the risk reduction is better for women than for men.
The evidence showing health benefits for coffee drinkers continues to grow with many studies revealing regular coffee consumption linked to decreased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and colon cancer.
There are some studies that suggest drinking caffeinated coffee is associated with an increased risk for heart attacks and stroke, but only in people who already have heart disease. The American Heart Association concludes the research linking coffee/caffeine to health risks is still a conflicting issue. The association also concludes that moderate intake for coffee consumption, such as one to two 8oz cups per day, does not seem to have any harmful effects.
In another study to help clarify the issue about coffee drinking, Lopez-Garcia along with colleagues from the University of Madrid and Harvard University analyzed the data from about 84,000 women who participated in Harvard’s Nurse’s Health Study and about 41,000 men who participated in the companion study involving male health professionals. None of these participants had any form of cancer or heart disease at the time of enrollment and all completed dietary and health questionnaires every two to four years which included questions about their coffee consumption and other dietary habits, such as smoking.
During the 18 years of follow up for the men and 24 years of follow up in for the women, approximately 4,500 deaths from heart disease and 7,500 deaths from cancer occurred. Also an additional 6,000 deaths were from other causes. After all the data was in including other risk factors such as body weight, diet, smoking and disease status, the researchers concluded that people who drank coffee were less likely to die and that the risk reduction was from a lower risk of death from heart disease. of course this deserves further studies.
To sum things up, if you are a moderate coffee drinkers and in good health you may get life extending benefits from your daily coffee consumption which is certainly good news!
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