Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Death Risk

I’m writing this as I sip my first coffee of the day and it makes me feel good to do both activities at once because coffee drinkers have a lower risk of death than non-coffee drinkers.

Coffee drinkers were less likely to die from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes, and infections, although the association was not seen for cancer. These results from a large study of older adults were observed after adjustment for the effects of other risk factors on mortality, such as smoking and alcohol consumption. Researchers caution, however, that they can’t be sure whether these associations mean that drinking coffee actually makes people live longer. The results of the study were published in the May 17, 2012 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The researchers found that the association between coffee and reduction in risk of death increased with the amount of coffee consumed. Relative to men and women who did not drink coffee, those who consumed three or more cups of coffee per day had approximately a 10 percent lower risk of death. Coffee drinking was not associated with cancer mortality among women, but there was a slight and only marginally statistically significant association of heavier coffee intake with increased risk of cancer death among men.

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2 thoughts on “Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Death Risk

  1. This really is excellent news, not just because (like the author of this blog) we drink a lot of coffee but we sell it too! Bit of a marketing coup really.

    Coffee has for years gained a bad rep for various reasons but now, with this and other news about it having slimming properties, that all seems to be changing. Hooray!

  2. I developed the taste for real coffee while taking 50 students around Rome and Florence in 2001 and I have been enjoying it ever since. I’m glad that it probably won’t do me in!

    However, I will only drink real coffee, never instant powder or granules! I would think that the highly process powder or granules wouldn’t do you any good. It’s probably similar between peeling and boiling a potato to make mashed potatoes and pouring boiling water over potato powder. There is a world of difference between fresh and instant.

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