Coffee Makes Life Worth Living, Longer
“If you like to drink Coffee, drink up! If you are not a Coffee drinker, then you need to consider if you should start.”
Coffee Lovers and Aficionados say drinking the delicious liquid makes life worth living, but the habit may also help them live longer, according to 2 major international studies.
Experts cautioned that the US and European reports, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, failed to show that Coffee was truly the reason that many drinkers appeared to have longer lives.
Rather, the studies were observational in nature, meaning they showed an association between Coffee-drinking and a propensity toward longevity, but stopped short of proving cause and effect.
The 1st study, led by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Imperial College London, examined more than 500,000 people across 10 countries in Europe.
Those who drank 3 cups a day tended to live longer than non-Coffee drinkers, said the study, which researchers described as the largest analysis of the effects of Coffee-drinking in a European population.
“We found that higher coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause, and specifically for circulatory diseases, and digestive diseases,” said the lead author of the IARC, formerly at Imperial’s School of Public Health.
“Importantly, these results were similar across all of the 10 European countries, with variable Coffee drinking habits and customs.”
The 2nd study included more than 180,000 participants of various ethnic backgrounds in the United States.
It found benefits to longevity whether the Coffee was caffeinated or decaffeinated.
Coffee drinkers had a lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory and kidney disease.
Those who drank 1 cup a day were 12% less likely to die compared to those who did not drink Coffee.
Those who drank 2-3 cups per day saw an even higher 18% reduced risk of death.
“We cannot say drinking Coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association,” said lead author, an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California (USC)
“If you like to drink Coffee, drink up! If you’re not a Coffee drinker, then you need to consider if you should start.”
Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Some 2.25-B cups are consumed every day.
Many prior studies have hailed the benefits of Coffee-drinking, saying the beverage imparts anti-oxidants, may improve liver function and reduce inflammation.
Coffee may carry risks for some people, and pregnant woman and children are urged to avoid caffeine, which can be fatal in high doses.
For instance, the European study excluded people who had cancer, heart disease or diabetes, meaning it took a measure of people over 35 who were already generally healthy.
It also asked about Coffee consumption just once, at the beginning, and did not update this figure over the span of the study, which included an average follow-up time of 16 years.
Finally, it found signs of a link between women who drank large amounts of Coffee and a higher risk of cancer death, but downplayed this finding, saying it “may be spurious.”
David Spiegelhalter, a professor at the University of Cambridge, described the research as “huge in size and carefully done,” but nevertheless unable to prove cause and effect.
“If these estimated reductions in all-cause mortality really are causal, then an extra cup of Coffee every day would on average extend the life of a man by around 3 months, and a woman by around 1 month,” he added.
So, relax and enjoy a cup of good Coffee, make sure it is Organic. I get mine from Javista Organic Coffee Bar in Hollywood, California.
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