Coffee is the most popular beverage in the world, consumed by a vast majority of the global population. If you drink coffee, then you probably have heard about its potential health benefits (and perhaps some of the cautions). Well, another study continues to tout the potentially excellent health benefits that could be associated with that daily cup of joe.
Actually, make that daily four cups of joe.
You see, the new study suggests that drinking between two and four cups of coffee, per day, seems to be consistently associated with an overall lower risk of death particulalry among middle-aged coffee drinkers.
Presented at the European Cardiac Society Congress 2017, the results of the long-term observational study—of roughly 20,000 people with an average age of 37—found that those who consumed at least four cups of coffee every day had a 64 percent lower risk of death. Those who drank at least two cups of coffee per day had a 22 percent lower risk. And this reduced risk was particularly strong among older participants: two cups a day and a 30 percent lower risk.
Obviously, this data supports existing evidence—particularly a pair of studies earlier this year—which linked coffee drinking with lower risk of death from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke.
Study co-author Dr. Adela Navarro explains, “We found an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of all-cause mortality, particularly in people aged 45 years and above. This may be due to a stronger protective association among older participants.”
The cardiologist (Hospital de Navarra of Pamplona in Spain), qualifies that this observational study could be only part of the picture, as other factors might also be in play. For example, the researchers had to account for age, gender, diet, etc.
It must be noted, however, that the preliminary findings in this study simply suggest a correlation and not a causation. That is to say that the research does not necessarily show the reason why drinking seems to help. At the end of the day, then, Navarro concludes: “Our findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people.”