University of Southern California have shown through a study that people who frequently enjoy a cup of coffee could live longer lives. This seems to be true even for those who don’t do caffeine. The findings of the study stand regardless of whether you enjoy regular or decaffeinated coffee.
People who drink one cup daily were 12 percent less likely to die from these diseases. People who drink up to three cups a day had an 18 percent lower risk of death.
Drinking coffee was associated with a lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and respiratory and kidney disease for African Americans, Japanese Americans, Latinos and whites, according to the study that used data from the Multiethnic Cohort Study.
The Multiethnic Cohort Study, which a team from USC conducted in collaboration with the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, is an ongoing study that proclaims itself as the most ethnically diverse study that examines lifestyle risk factors that may lead to cancer. It has more than 215,000 participants.
A separate study of more than 520,000 healthy people in 10 European countries, meanwhile, also found coffee drinkers were associated with lower risk for death, specifically from digestive and circulatory diseases, the “Today” show reported. That study was also published in Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday.
This doesn’t mean that coffee prevents you from dying. But the researchers do note that it should reassure people that their daily dose of caffeine isn’t going to kill them, like some lifestyle blogs claim.
The scientists, from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Imperial College London, analysed the effect of coffee consumption on the risk of death of over half a million (521,330) people aged 35 and over across 10 European countries. Participants were assessed with questionnaires and interviews about their diets and caffeine habits, and statistical adjustments were made for their lifestyle choices such as smoking and exercise.
After 16 years the researchers followed up with the participants and found that the risk of diseases like heart disease, stroke, and liver disease were lower for those who consumed three or more cups of coffee a day compared to those who drank none. The risk was 18% lower for men, and 8% lower for women at any age.