Drinking coffee might help one live longer. Study reveals that death rates over a 13-year period among men and women with habit of drinking coffee analyzed and the researchers reached at the conclusion that death rate reduced with an increased number of cups per day, up to six. The trend was observed for deaths from any cause, and from specific reasons that include heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke and diabetes. However those who died of cancer were not taken into consideration.”We observed associations between coffee-drinking and a range of different causes of death, and across a number of different groups,” Discovery news quoted saying Neal Freedman who is lead author of the study from National Institutes of Health.
“The effect was seen in both men and women, those of different body weights, and in both former and never smokers,” he added. The study revealed a linkup, not a direct cause-effect relationship, between coffee and death rates.
Still, while high coffee consumption was formerly believed to have adverse impact on health, this study is an addition to the growing amount of recent findings that show higher coffee consumption is not harmful, and in certain instances it may prove good for health, said Jeanine Genkinger, an epidemiology professor at the Columbia University School of Public Health in New York City, who was not associated with the research. Genkinger asserted that the greatest benefits may be derived from black coffee – cream, sugar and additives could be adverse to health. As a part of the study, researchers took into consideration the coffee consuming habits of 402,260 members of the American Association of Retired Persons. Participants were served a comprehensive dietary, lifestyle and demographic questionnaire in the beginning, when they were between ages 50 and 71. During the study, 52,515 participants died.