Drinking Coffee Lowers Mortality Risk?

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Two experiments led by experts in Britain and the US have found that the strong stuff reduces risks of liver disease, problems linked to the digestive tract and circulatory issues.

While scientists say more research is needed to prove coffee is definitely behind the effects observed in the studies, experts believe the antioxidant plant compounds found in the drink, rather than its caffeine, are responsible for its potentially life-extending effect.

One study conducted a survey on over 520,000 people in 10 European countries - now the largest study on coffee and mortality.

The people who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 percent less likely to die as compared to those who didn't drink coffee.

They asked them once at the beginning of the study how much coffee they tended to drink and then looked at deaths over an average of 16 years.

One of the studies was conducted at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine and reported a 12 percent lower risk of death due to cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart disease and respiratory and kidney disease for participants who drank one cup of coffee a day, according to a USC news release.

Over one-third drank one cup a day, one-quarter drank two to three cups per day and less than 10% admitted to drinking four or more cups of coffee a day.

The European study presented an inverse relation between coffee and circulatory diseases, digestive diseases, cancer in women, suicide in men, and liver disease.

To be clear, these studies are pointing out a correlation between people who drink coffee that shows they seem to live longer and avoid certain diseases more often than non-coffee drinkers in the same study cohort. So those are probably the compounds that might have the benefits.

The US investigation had 185,855 participants, including white Americans, African-Americans, native Hawaiians, Japanese-Americans and Latinos.

Two large studies have found a link between drinking more coffee and living longer.

Alongside previous studies - many of which have also suggested that drinking coffee can boost your health, by preventing liver scarring and slowing down the brain's aging, for example - this research helps build evidence that drinking coffee is good for you. Women with the biggest coffee habit, however, had an increased risk of death from ovarian cancer.

The benefits of coffee were found no matter how it's prepared, filtered or boiled. So, this is the solid reason to start the day with a strong cup of coffee.

"We can not say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association", said study author Veronica Wendy Setiawan, in a press release.

"We're not at the point where we can say with full confidence that it's protective", said Dr. Eliseo Guallar, professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Health, who co-authored an accompanying editorial.

In addition, lower mortality was present regardless of whether people drank regular or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine.

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