Friday, 16 November, 2018

Another Cup? More Coffee Could Be Linked to Longer Life Span

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Gustavo Carr | 03 July, 2018, 21:39

Overall, coffee drinkers were about 10 percent to 15 percent less likely to die than abstainers during a decade of follow-up.

But in the new study, the researchers found no link between having these variations and a person's risk of death over the study period. Firstly, the study involved a half a million people from the UK Biobank, a 10-year population-based study that ran from 2006 to 2016.

Evidence published today adds to the mounting pile of recent research over the past five years suggesting that coffee may actually make you live longer.

Nonetheless, the researchers say coffee drinking could be a crucial part of a healthy diet. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily.

"But here's a situation where there was always some feeling of, 'Oh, can't be - I enjoy it too much, it can't be good for me.' And now we're finding out that it's good". While the study represents an median view of coffee drinking habits, it is encouraging reading for lovers of the toasted bean.

The study of almost half-a-million British adults, published yesterday in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal, showed that coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers.

According to lead author Dr Erikka Loftfield, a cancer epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, the results held true whether the type of coffee drank was ground, instant or decaffeinated.

So the study seems to suggest you can get much the same health benefits from cheap supermarket coffee as from a fancy cup of artisanal terroir coffee. For one thing, they were more likely to drink instant coffee.

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"There has been concern about the health effects of heavy coffee drinking, particularly in participants with common genetic polymorphisms that affect caffeine metabolism", the researchers wrote.

During the period of the study, over 14,000 participants died.

The study didn't have enough data from people who drink that much coffee, Giovannucci said.

A 2015 study showed that at least four cups of coffee per day may help protect against the development and reoccurrence of MS.

'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'.

Past studies have indicated an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson's and cancers of the liver, bowel, colon and endometrium.

Because some people's genetics make them slower to metabolize caffeine, the researchers wanted to see if that made coffee consumption riskier for these individuals.