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Drinking coffee can lower your risk of death

By T.K. Randall
November 18, 2015 · Comment icon 73 comments

Coffee can provide a number of unexpected health benefits. Image Credit: FreeImages.com / Mathew Bowdon
Researchers have revealed that the consumption of coffee is linked to a reduced risk of premature death.
For those who ingest multiple cups on a daily basis there's good news - a new study has shown that moderate amounts of coffee can have a beneficial effect on your brain and liver as well as offering a reduction in the risk of developing several types of cancer.

"Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation," said doctoral student Ming Ding. "That could explain some of our findings. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanisms producing these effects."

The findings were based on an analysis of data from 200,000 health professionals who filled in questionnaires about their food and coffee intake every four years for three decades.
The results suggested that those who drank up to 3 cups a day had a 9% reduction in their risk of premature death while those who drank between 3 and 5 cups has a 15% lower risk.

Drinking too much coffee however - more than 5 cups a day - resulted in an increased risk.

"The coffee bean itself is loaded with many different nutrients and phytochemicals," said Dr. Walter Willett. "And my guess is that they're working together to have some of these benefits."

"We [see] similar benefits from caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. That's important, because it suggests that caffeine is not responsible for [the benefit]."

Source: UPI.com | Comments (73)




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Comment icon #64 Posted by PrisonerX 9 years ago
You just did. Why ask for evidence and research when the best you've got is ignorant opinions? I retorted with the fact you were quote mining. If you're so utterly incapable of following your own advice, perhaps you shouldn't be giving advice. Lol quote mining. I would have had to use the quote in an attempt to support a personal stance in order for that to be an accurate assessment. I didn't, I just linked it for a poster who stated theirs. You're the only one out of the two of us that has provided their opinion of the quote. So either provide your evidence and research as to why, or simply s... [More]
Comment icon #65 Posted by RabidMongoose 9 years ago
The problem with that idea is that the benefits are present in both regular and decaf. A valid counter argument. I think we might want to look at extraordinary claims of long lifespans a bit more closely. While birth certificates are a recent invention, and less than a century old in some places, it doesn't automatically mean a claim of 124+ without one is fraud. Some of the people past and present claiming unusually long lifespans may in fact be telling the truth. I read one story a few months ago where a woman had been eating sand as part of her diet throughout her life. It might be weird ea... [More]
Comment icon #66 Posted by Frank Merton 9 years ago
As I understand the studies they used annual death rates for large groups of people (in the tens or hundreds of thousands). That is, they look at this group and determine how many of them in each category (coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers, for example) died over a time period (usually a year). Thus lifespans were not in the data. The reason the benefit is now only coming out is that there is a link between coffee drinking and smoking, and also probably one between coffee drinking and alcohol drinking and maybe even between coffee drinking and eating red meat in large amounts. Thus altho... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by Frank Merton 9 years ago
Lol quote mining. I would have had to use the quote in an attempt to support a personal stance in order for that to be an accurate assessment. I didn't, I just linked it for a poster who stated theirs. You're the only one out of the two of us that has provided their opinion of the quote. So either provide your evidence and research as to why, or simply shut up and get off my nuts. When a post doesn't refer to you directly, it doesn't do to think it's aimed at you. Quote mining is just a pet peeve of mine.
Comment icon #68 Posted by PrisonerX 9 years ago
When a post doesn't refer to you directly, it doesn't do to think it's aimed at you. Quote mining is just a pet peeve of mine. I wasn't replying to you, I was replying to the poster I quoted (Rlyeh). I would have included your quote in the post, in addition to theirs, had it been directed at you as well.
Comment icon #69 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot 9 years ago
Guess i will outlive everyone i know. Damn, gotta stop with coffee.
Comment icon #70 Posted by Frank Merton 9 years ago
I wasn't replying to you, I was replying to the poster I quoted (Rlyeh). I would have included your quote in the post, in addition to theirs, had it been directed at you as well. Embarrassing. Thanks for not rubbing it in.
Comment icon #71 Posted by Rlyeh 9 years ago
Lol quote mining. I would have had to use the quote in an attempt to support a personal stance in order for that to be an accurate assessment. I didn't, I just linked it for a poster who stated theirs. You're the only one out of the two of us that has provided their opinion of the quote. So either provide your evidence and research as to why, or simply shut up and get off my nuts. So you just happened to mindlessly post a quote from Tesla declaring that coffee is harmful and alcohol is harmless, in a topic about coffee being beneficial. Then taking offense when Tesla's credibility is questione... [More]
Comment icon #72 Posted by PrisonerX 9 years ago
Embarrassing. Thanks for not rubbing it in. No harm no foul bud. Enjoy your day. So you just happened to mindlessly post a quote from Tesla declaring that coffee is harmful and alcohol is harmless, in a topic about coffee being beneficial. Then taking offense when Tesla's credibility is questioned. Yeah, you're a poor liar. And evidence that alcohol is harmful, are you a bit daft? Lol so your position is so weak you've resorted to declaring me a liar in an attempt to save face. I've stated quite clearly why I had linked the post, so all you've managed to accomplish with this response is to exp... [More]
Comment icon #73 Posted by taniwha 9 years ago
What kills you today can save you tomorrow.


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