The More Coffee You Drink The Longer You Will Live, According To Study
Coffee isn't everyone's first choice of hot beverage but after reading this you may start to drink it daily.
A ground-breaking study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012 where 402,260 individuals between 50 and 71 years of age were asked about their coffee consumption.
After following people for 12-13 years, those who drank the most coffee were significantly less likely to have died.
The sweet spot seems to be at four to five cups per day, where men had a 12% reduced risk and women a 16% reduced risk. Drinking six or more cups per day provided no additional health benefit.
However, even just one cup per day was associated with a five to six percent reduction in risk of death, showing that even a little bit of coffee is enough to have an effect.
When they looked at causes of death, they found that the coffee drinkers were less likely to die from infections, injuries and accidents, respiratory disease, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
Interestingly both decaf and regular coffee had the same effect which means that the benefit does not appear to be attributed to the caffeine itself.
However, the NHS advise that these findings need to be interpreted with caution as the research doesn't prove that coffee reduces the risk of death. There may have been many other factors that might have played a role which weren't taken into account.
Drinking coffee can be part of a healthy, balanced diet but current guidelines recommend drinking no more than around four cups a day.
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