Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Large study shows drinking coffee could extend your life

Large study shows drinking coffee could extend your life

Again, the effects were the same whether or not the coffee was caffeinated. As Howard Bauchner, editor in chief of the medical journal JAMA and The JAMA Network, almost all studies about coffee are association studies.

Interestingly, even people who admitted knocking back eight cups or more a day were less likely to die than those who refrained from drinking coffee at all.

A new study links drinking coffee to living a longer life, according to new research.

The study, officially entitled, "Association of Coffee Drinking With Mortality by Genetic Variation in Caffeine Metabolism", was published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine. You still got that slightly lower chance of dying.

"It doesn't even really explain why or how, you don't know whether it's the caffeine or things people put in the coffee".

That may surprise you if instant coffee tastes terrible to you and some brewed coffee tastes heavenly.

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Edward Giovannucci, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who was not part of the study, agreed. This adds to a significant body of research indicating that coffee has positive effects on the heart, liver, brain, and more.

Drawing information from the UK's Biobank data resource, which holds information on around nine million people, researchers were also able to profile British java drinkers.

Fears that coffee adversely affects gut health also appear to be unfounded.

"The compounds actually don't change too much from the processing", Giovannucci said.

Another study of 185,855 multi-ethnic Americans confirmed that result, too. But those studies only looked at coffee drinking after disease occurrence and did not examine overall mortality risk, as the current paper did, Loftfield said. But though it annoys us when it flip-flops, science does advance. "Or at least not be bad", said Lichtenstein.

As in previous studies, coffee drinkers were more likely than abstainers to drink alcohol and smoke, but the researchers took those factors into account, and coffee drinking seemed to cancel them out.

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So, how much coffee is safe? "So I think we should relax and enjoy it - but also use common sense".

The research did not include whether participants drank coffee black or with cream and sugar.

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"This study provides further evidence that coffee drinking can be part of a healthy diet and offers reassurance to coffee drinkers", the authors wrote.

Even people who said they drank more than eight cups a day were less likely to die, on average, than non-drinkers, the team, led by NCI's Erikka Lotfield, reported.

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