Drinking a daily cup of coffee may lower your risk of early death by 8 percent.
By: Alexandria Addesso
Much of the world wakes up to the hot caffeinated beverage that is coffee. While there are plenty of people that acquire an addiction to coffee, not being able to get thru the day without it, there may be some health benefits to drinking coffee. A recent study found that regular coffee consumption may increase your lifespan.
According to the study Association of Coffee Drinking
With Mortality by Genetic Variation in Caffeine Metabolism, drinking a daily cup of coffee may lower your risk of early death by 8 percent. The study found this to be true whether drinking regular or decaffeinated coffee, but
also claimed that decaf is the much healthier option. Drinking six to seven cups a day may lower your risk by 16 percent. Even at eight cups or more, you may still lower your risk of early death by 14 percent. “Our study provides further evidence that coffee drinking can be part of a healthy diet and offers reassurance to coffee drinkers,” said Dr. Erikka Loftfield, a research fellow at the National Cancer Institute and the study’s lead investigator.
The research team analyzed data from approximately 500,000 people from the United Kingdom’s Biobank cohort. The study participants answered questions about their coffee consumption, but also about their smoking and drinking habits and health history as well. Participants were told to specifically answer these questions based on their habits and health
status between the years 2006 and 2016. Of those 500,000 people, 14,600 died during the study’s 10-year follow up period. From there, the researchers were able to determine the link between coffee and longevity.
The team concluded that their findings provided “further reassurance that coffee drinking can be a part of a healthy diet.”
The study stated the following in conclusion:
Coffee drinking was inversely associated with mortality, including among those drinking 8 or more cups per day and those with genetic polymorphisms indicating slower or faster caffeine metabolism. These findings suggest the importance of non-caffeine constituents in the coffee
mortality association and provide further reassurance that coffee drinking can be a part of a healthy diet.
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