Your coffee-drinking habit could be extending your life

Frederick Owens
July 12, 2017

The study responsible for these findings was led by Veronica W. Setiawan of the University of Southern California.

The study is limited by the fact that it surveyed only Europeans, who are not necessarily reflective of the rest of the world.

In addition, people consuming two to three cups a day reduce their chances of death by 18 percent.

"We can not 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 Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California.

We definitely needed to hear this after the alarming revelation that drinking black coffee makes you more likely to be a psychopath.

Like all good things, it is possible to consume too much coffee.

But don't start guzzling down countless cups.

Since the association was seen in four different ethnicities, Setiawan said it is safe to say the results apply to other groups.

"We can not say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association".

Coffee contains a number of compounds which possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic properties that scientists believe may explain why drinkers have lower rates of chronic liver disease and liver cancer.

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Yet people frequently try to limit their coffee consumption for health reasons, fearing negative effects.

The researchers noted that in the United States, about 75 percent of adults drink coffee, and 50 percent drink it daily.

According to experts, the studies do not reveal that consumption of coffee can decrease overall risk as it could also be because of the participant's healthy lifestyle.

More than 680,000 people across the globe were studied by scientists in the two pieces of research. Yet coffee consumption was consistently linked to better survival, regardless of race.

Coffee seems to improve liver function, reduce inflammation and boost the immune system, they discovered.

"Some people worry drinking coffee can be bad for you because it might increase the risk of heart disease, stunt growth or lead to stomach ulcers and heartburn", Setiawan said. "But the research on coffee has mostly shown no harm to people's health".

Not the least, it found signs of an association between women who consumed large amounts of coffee and a higher risk of cancer death, but under played this finding, saying it "may be spurious". The study, which is ongoing, includes more than 215,000 participants who are African American, Japanese American, Latino, and white, making it the largest and most diverse study of its kind. Participants completed questionnaires about diet, lifestyle, and family and personal medical history.

Compared with non-coffee drinkers, men who drank three or more cups had an 18 per cent reduced risk of death. There were 185,855 subjects who were tracked on average for 16.2 years.

DRINKING three cups of coffee a day could extend your life, research suggests. "So, I guess I should drink more, right?" No significant statistical difference was seen with Native Hawaiians, based on coffee consumption.

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