Drinking coffee can make you healthy according to studies

Drinking coffee is not just a trend anymore. For many people, it’s a lifestyle. but the habit may also help them live longer, according to two major international studies.

However, the US and European reports, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, were a bit inconclusive and failed to show that coffee was truly the reason that many drinkers appeared to have longer lives.

The study was rather observational in nature.

The first study, led by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Imperial College London, examined more than half a million people across 10 countries in Europe.

Those who drank about three 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 lead author Marc Gunter of the IARC, formerly at Imperial’s School of Public Health.

However, we have to again note that it is not 100% conclusive as results may still vary.

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The second study included more than 180,000 participants of various ethnic backgrounds in the United States. The study focused on the longevity brought about by drinking coffee whether it 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 one cup a day were 12 percent less likely to die compared to those who didn’t drink coffee.

Those who drank two or three cups per day saw an even higher 18 percent reduced risk of death.

“We cannot say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association,” said lead author Veronica Setiawan, an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California.

However, many doctors and scientists still say that coffee should be taken with caution.

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 three months, and a woman by around a month,” he added.

So the bottom line is, perhaps we should just relax and enjoy drinking our hot cup of coffee.


Source: GMA Network