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From Sci Tech Daily: Drinking Two to Three Cups of Coffee Daily Is Linked With a Longer Lifespan

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Good news for coffee lovers!

Drinking two to three cups of coffee a day is associated with a longer lifespan and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared with avoiding coffee. This is according to new research published on September 27 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The findings of increased longevity applied to ground, instant, and decaffeinated varieties of coffee.

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According to a new study, drinking two to three cups of coffee a day is linked with a longer lifespan and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

All types of coffee were linked with a reduction in death from any cause in the study. The greatest risk reduction was seen with two to three cups per day, with ground coffee providing the most benefit. Drinking two to three cups of ground coffee a day was associated with a 27% lower likelihood of death and a 20% reduced likelihood of cardiovascular disease.

“In this large, observational study, ground, instant, and decaffeinated coffee were associated with equivalent reductions in the incidence of cardiovascular disease and death from cardiovascular disease or any cause,” said study author Professor Peter Kistler. He is an international leader in cardiac arrhythmia research from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia. “The results suggest that mild to moderate intake of ground, instant, and decaffeinated coffee should be considered part of a healthy lifestyle.”

Included in the study were 449,563 participants free of arrhythmias or other cardiovascular diseases at baseline. The median age of participants was 58 years and 55.3% were women. A questionnaire was completed by participants, which asked how many cups of coffee they drank each day and whether they usually drank instant, ground (such as cappuccino or filtered coffee), or decaffeinated coffee. Additionally, they were grouped into six daily intake categories, consisting of none, less than one, one, two to three, four to five, and more than five cups per day. The usual coffee type was instant in 198,062 (44.1%) participants, ground in 82,575 (18.4%), and decaffeinated in 68,416 (15.2%). Non-coffee drinkers, who served as the comparator group, made up 100,510 (22.4%) of the participants.

Professor Kistler said: “Caffeine is the most well-known constituent in coffee, but the beverage contains more than 100 biologically active components. It is likely that the non-caffeinated compounds were responsible for the positive relationships observed between coffee drinking, cardiovascular disease, and survival. Our findings indicate that drinking modest amounts of coffee of all types should not be discouraged but can be enjoyed as a heart-healthy behavior.”

Full article at Sci Tech Daily.

8 Replies to “From Sci Tech Daily: Drinking Two to Three Cups of Coffee Daily Is Linked With a Longer Lifespan

  1. 1
    Sir Giles says:

    My extended lifespan due to my coffee drinking is probably offset by the recent report that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. It is only Irish Coffee for me from now on. 🙂

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    Seversky says:

    If only they could find there are actually health benefits to smoking. I gave that up many years ago but it meant I also had to give up the pleasures of alcohol as well. The two are so closely intertwined in my psyche that indulging in one automatically triggers a craving for the other. So I had to stop both.

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    EDTA says:

    Wish they would have told me this 40 years ago…sigh…

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    EvilSnack says:

    It looks like they didn’t control for the ability to afford coffee. A person who can’t afford coffee possibly has other problems that increase mortality.

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    whistler says:

    Coffee companies are not stupid they know this winter a cup of gas will be more expensive than a cup of best coffee.

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    zweston says:

    I want to know who funded the study, and how long until a study comes out that says the exact opposite

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    relatd says:

    In the 1990s, my local newspaper published articles such as “Bacon is bad for you” followed by “Bacon is good for you,” a month or two later. The same with a few more until they stopped publishing such articles.

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    asauber says:

    Has anyone ever published a study that revealed the opposite of what they wanted it to reveal?

    Andrew

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