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Drinking Any Kind Of Coffee Helps You Live Longer, Study Claims

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Melissa Porter | 05 July, 2018, 09:58

Don't panic. The results of a new decade-long study involving nearly 500,000 people suggest that drinking the beverage - in any quantity - leads to a longer life than not having any of it at all. However, the researchers stressed that the study only found an association with coffee and longevity and didn't prove that coffee leads to a longer life. More than half a million people volunteered to give blood and answer detailed health and lifestyle questions for ongoing research into genes and health. Most of the subjects (154,000) drank two to three cups per day and 10,000 of them drank at least eight cups every day! To reap the benefit, it doesn't matter if your coffee is decaf or instant or caffeinated, the researchers said.

We're not saying you should drink a giant cup of scalding coffee after a workout instead of water or gatorade, but you can't put all the dehydration blame on your morning grande latte. In other words, a higher percentage of the non-coffee drinkers died.

Another large study of 500,000 people in Europe showed similar results to the recent United Kingdom research: men who drank three cups of coffee per day were 12% less likely to die over a 16-year period than coffee abstainers, and women who drank that much coffee were 7% less likely to die.

Coffee contains more than 1,000 biological compounds, including potassium and folic acid, known to have an effect on the body, Loftfield explained.

The research, which was published in the JAMA medical journal, states that over the 10-year study, 14,225 participants died. Go ahead - it might boost your chances for a longer life. The study results showed coffee drinkers had a lower risk of death overall, just as many other studies have found.

Researchers say this suggests caffeine wasn't responsible, but as the study was observational more research is required to determine what is behind the benefit.

That means, for example, if you're adding 500 calories of cream and sugar to a coffee beverage the size of a Big Gulp, you might want to keep an eye on that. And when all causes of death were combined, even slow caffeine metabolizers had a longevity boost.

All kinds of coffee drinking habits were noted among the participants.

Considering the strengths and weaknesses of the study, and everything that's gone before, we can chalk this up as more evidence that coffee does indeed seem to improve our health in certain ways - even if we don't exactly know how.

Other research has indicated that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop various forms of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, depression, Alzheimer's, dementia, liver cirrhosis, and heart disease.

"These investigators looked at a very large sample size and what they concluded was actually the coffee was associated with better health outcomes", she said.