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Drinking coffee can lower risk of early death

Drinking coffee can lower risk of early death, according to the latest research from the European Society of Cardiology.

Coffee has shown much health benefits lately and is a huge part of the American lifestyle. According to Harvard research, 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day.

The beverage used to be very controversial, as some believed that it caused cancer. In June of last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) finally cleared it up once and for all that coffee does not cause cancer.

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world,” said Dr Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. “Previous studies have suggested that drinking coffee might be inversely associated with all-cause mortality but this has not been investigated in a Mediterranean country.”

The purpose of the study was to take a closer look at the association between coffee consumption and risk of death.

The participants were followed for about 10 years, where researchers gathered information including coffee consumption and mortality.

The researchers found that participants who consumed at least four cups of coffee per day had a 64 percent lower risk of all cause mortality compared to those who didn’t consume coffee.

Science Daily reported:

During the ten year period, 337 participants died. The researchers found that participants who consumed at least four cups of coffee per day had a 64% lower risk of all-cause mortality than those who never or almost never consumed coffee (adjusted HR, 0.36; 95% CI, 0.19-0.70). There was a 22% lower risk of all-cause mortality for each two additional cups of coffee per day (adjusted HR, 0.78; 95% CI, 0.66-0.92).

The researchers examined whether sex, age or adherence to the Mediterranean diet had any influence on the association between baseline coffee consumption and mortality. They observed a significant interaction between coffee consumption and age (p for interaction=0.0016). In those who were at least 45 years old, drinking two additional cups of coffee per day was associated with a 30% lower risk of mortality during follow-up (adjusted HR, 0.70; 95% CI, 0.58-0.85). The association was not significant among younger participants.

Dr. Navarro concluded:

Our findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people.”

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REFERENCES:
1. “Higher Coffee Consumption Associated with Lower Risk of Early Death.” ScienceDaily, ScienceDaily, 27 Aug. 2017, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170827101750.htm.
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