Drink Coffee and Live Longer?
Coffee – delicious, black gold. It tastes great, increases energy, and improves mood. And, it’s perfect any time of day.
If you can’t tell, coffee is pretty great stuff. Our favorite black liquid is backed by numerous studies showing it’s beneficial for cognitive performance, exercise performance, and numerous other things. Now, you can add another benefit to coffee’s long list of attributes – increased life span.
Previous studies have shown that regular drinkers of coffee have fewer strokes, lower risks of developing Type II Diabetes, and reduced rates of various cancers. Two new studies, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, investigated
For the two studies, researchers collected data on the coffee drinking habits of more than 700,000 people in the U.S. and Europe. Researchers were specifically interested in the relationship between death rates and coffee consumption rates of non-white populations, as the majority of coffee studies to date involved predominantly white subjects.
Both studies found that individuals who drank more coffee per day had a lower risk of dying early than non-coffee drinkers, as well as those that only drink coffee sparingly.
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The first study looked at African Americans, Japanese Americans, Latinos, and whites in the United States, This research noted that those who drank over four cups per day demonstrated an 18% lower risk of premature death compared to non-coffee drinkers.
What if you only like having one cup per day to start your morning? Researchers found that those drinking only one cup a day still benefited and had a 12% lower risk of prematurely dying compared to non-coffee consumers. 
The second study analyzed people across 10 European countries and found similar results to the U.S. study. Specifically, heavy coffee drinkers exhibited a 7-12% lower risk of dying early compared to non-coffee drinkers. 
On top of that, researchers also noted that coffee fans had lower rates of cardiovascular-related conditions, such as stroke and heart attacks, and digestive disorders.
What if you avoid coffee due to caffeine sensitivity?
The studies found similar benefits between people who opted for decaf coffee or the fully-loaded variety, which suggests that it isn’t just caffeine that’s responsible for coffee’s life-extending benefits.
Other coffee research has indicated that antioxidants and numerous other compounds coffee may be part of the reason the beverage has shown promise in combating heart disease, cancer, and inflammation.
What do you think of the latest research findings surrounding coffee? How many cups of coffee do you drink per day, and do these studies entice you to start drinking more coffee each day?
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1) Gunter MJ, Murphy N, Cross AJ, Dossus L, Dartois L, Fagherazzi G, et al. Coffee Drinking and Mortality in 10 European Countries: A Multinational Cohort Study. Ann Intern Med. [Epub ahead of print 11 July 2017] doi: 10.7326/M16-2945 http://annals.org/aim/article/2643435/coffee-drinking-mortality-10-european-countries-multinational-cohort-study
2) Park S, Freedman ND, Haiman CA, Le Marchand L, Wilkens LR, Setiawan VW. Association of Coffee Consumption With Total and Cause-Specific Mortality Among Nonwhite Populations. Ann Intern Med. [Epub ahead of print 11 July 2017] doi: 10.7326/M16-2472. http://annals.org/aim/article/2643433/association-coffee-consumption-total-cause-specific-mortality-among-nonwhite-populations