Coffee may help you live longer, study finds

In this image taken on Feb. 27 2017 waiter Ciro Chierchia prepares a traditional espresso macchiato at a coffee bar in Milan Italy


People who drank coffee, no matter how much or what kind they drank, were less likely to die over that 10-year period than non-coffee drinkers, they reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Internal Medicine.

The results were encouraging for coffee drinkers of all stripes; decaf devotees, instant coffee lovers, those who have variants of the genes associated with metabolizing caffeine, even people who drink up to eight cups of coffee per day-drinking coffee was associated with a lower mortality risk over the study period compared to non-coffee drinkers.

Of course with so many coffee drinkers across the world, such research tends to make headlines in popular media, which has been aswirl in coffee-and-health-related headlines lately for two reasons: 1) There is in reality more research coming out about the potential health benefits of coffee and its relationship to mortality; and 2) The recent California Proposition 65 ruling caused a significant backlash from the coffee industry and even the public health community, making headlines throughout the nation.

However, some health officials say more research should be done before you change your coffee routine.

I hope you're reading this while drinking a cup of coffee.

They found non-coffee drinkers were more likely to have died than those that drunk coffee.

Alice Lichenstein, a Tufts University nutrition researcher not linked to the study agrees, saying coffee has had negative health connotations which partially come from early literature suggesting coffee is not healthy for people.

So the study seems to suggest you can get much the same health benefits from cheap supermarket coffee as from a fancy cup of artisanal terroir coffee. "Or at least not be bad", she said.

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"It's hard to believe that something we enjoy so much could be good for us".

Past studies have indicated an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson's and cancers of the liver, bowel, colon and endometrium.

The study, conducted by the US National Cancer Institute, used data from more than 500,000 British volunteers.

"I try to have just one cup daily", Taylor said. Some prior studies had suggested that people with these gene variations could be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, Loftfield said.

Half-a-million British adults who consumed coffee for more than 10 years were observed.

Her team followed the 498,134 participants, aged 38 to 73, from 2006 until 2016, during which time 14,225 of them died.

Adding toppings to coffee like cream, sugar and whipped cream can also vastly increase calories, and possibly negate it's positive effects. And when all causes of death were combined, even slow caffeine metabolizers had a longevity boost. So if you drank that coffee, you had a slightly lower chance of dying during the 10 years the study examined.

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