Woohoo! Drinking Coffee Reduces The Risk of Death From All Causes

Woohoo! Drinking Coffee Reduces The Risk of Death From All Causes

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I wonder does the study also say anything about whiskey…

By Nicole Buckler

People who drink around three cups of coffee a day may live longer than non-coffee drinkers, a landmark study has found.

These superb findings come from the largest study of its kind. More or less, scientists bothered more than half a million people across 10 European countries over a huge time span. They wanted to know once and for all: does going hard on the coffee lead to an early death? The answer, mostly, was …nahhh! And more than a nah… if you keep your coffee drinking within limits, namely, 3 cups a day, it actually has a protective effect. Noice!

Researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Imperial College London found that higher levels of coffee consumption were associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes, particularly from circulatory diseases and diseases related to the digestive tract. Is that because coffee gets your intestines moving at 10am, right before the important work thing that you have to attend and that sometimes you miss due to a coffee-induced toilet break? I think, yes.

Coffee is one of the world’s most commonly consumed beverages, with an estimated 2.25 billion cups drank around the world each day. It contains a number of compounds which can interact with the body, including caffeine, diterpenes and antioxidants, and the ratios of these compounds can be affected by the variety of methods used to prepare coffee.

Other previous studies have produced conflicting results about coffee consumption. However, the latest study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, is impressive. It has found, once and for all, that there is an association between consumption and how long you live. And it doesn’t matter how you prepare the coffee. Which is good, because across Europe, coffee preparation methods vary, from an espresso in Italy, to a cappuccino in the UK, to whatever the hell it is we serve up here in Ireland.

“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 lead author Dr Marc Gunter. “Importantly, these results were similar across all of the 10 European countries, with variable coffee drinking habits and customs. Our study also offers important insights into the possible mechanisms for the beneficial health effects of coffee.”

Here’s some other things that the study threw out. Danes have the highest coffee consumption. Denmarkers guzzle 900 mL per day. The Italians, famous for their espressos, consumed while standing up at tiny tall tables in crowded coffee bars, actually drank the smallest amount of coffee (approximately 92 mL per day). Those who drank more coffee were also more likely to be younger, to be smokers, drinkers, eat more meat and less fruit and veg. I bet these are the people who know how to party hard, too.

After 16 years of follow up, almost 42,000 people in the study had died from a range of conditions including cancer, circulatory diseases, heart failure and stroke.

Following careful statistical adjustments for lifestyle factors such as diet and smoking, the researchers found that the group with the highest consumption of coffee had a lower risk for all-causes of death, compared to those who did not drink coffee. And here’s the biggest news flash…They found that decaffeinated coffee had a similar effect! So you can have that late-night Tinder date at a cafe and choose decaf. No more staying up all night painting the bathroom because you are too wired after an ultra-sized macchiato at 10pm.

In a subset of 14,000 people, they also analysed metabolic biomarkers, and found that coffee drinkers may have healthier livers overall and better glucose control than non-coffee drinkers.

“We found that drinking more coffee was associated with a more favourable liver function profile and immune response,” explained Dr Gunter.

Professor Elio Riboli, head of the School of Public Health at Imperial, said: “These findings add to a growing body of evidence which indicates that drinking coffee not only is safe, but it may actually have a protective health effect for people. While further research is needed, we can be confident that the results from a large European study confirm previous findings seen around the world.”

All we can say here is… FIRE UP THAT COFFEE GRINDER BARISTA! Oh and is that cake?

 

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