Drinking a Few Cups of Coffee a Day May Add Years to Your Life

Coffee has been touted for years as a way for people to stay awake and alert, in addition to boosting their stamina. What’s more, this dark black beverage has been proved to confer a number of health benefits, ranging from preventing diabetes to reducing the risk of liver disease.

Drinking a Few Cups of Coffee a Day May Add Years to Your LifeMaking an important addition to the list of its benefits, two recently published studies have shown that regular intake of few cups of coffee could lead to a longer life.

According to the current studies, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, coffee intake not just fulfils your caffeine craving but also, inadvertently, extends your lifespan.

The first study, conducted by researchers at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Imperial College London, showed that daily intake of three cups of coffee may lower a person’s risk of death, helping them to live a longer life.

Another study, by the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California researchers, indicated a potential association between consumption of 1-3 cups of coffee everyday and longevity.

The first study examined medical records of more than 520,000 people over the age of 35 from 10 countries across Europe. In the beginning of the study, the study participants reported about their consumption of this bitter beverage and then were followed for a mean 16 years. The investigators found that more coffee consumption lowered a person’s risk of mortality, specifically from cardiovascular diseases and digestive diseases.

“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 first study’s principal investigator Marc Gunter 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 second study analysis data on more than 185,000 African-Americans, Native Americans, Hawaiians, Japanese-Americans, Latinos and whites, and found a similar inverse correlation between daily coffee intake and mortality rates.

It found, the participants who drank one cup a day were 12 percent less likely to die, while those who drank two to four cups of coffee a day were 18 percent less prone to the risk of death compared to non-coffee drinkers.

“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 USC’s Keck School of Medicine.

“If you like to drink coffee, drink up! If you’re not a coffee drinker, then you need to consider if you should start.”

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