Research shows that drinking coffee could boost your chances of a longer life. Coffee drinkers were found to have a slightly lower risk of death over a 10-year follow-up period than non-coffee drinkers. Even for those who consume as many as eight cups a day may still be getting good benefits.
The study of around half-a-million British adults, found that apparent longevity come along with other health benefits recorded in drinkers of instant, ground and decaffeinated coffee. The study is also the first of its kind to suggest health benefits in people with so-called genetic glitches affecting how their bodies react to caffeine.
But the doesn’t mean everyone should go out and start drinking mass quantities of coffee just yet. Health experts warned people should not start drinking coffee, or increasing their intake, for medical reasons. They also warned too much coffee for women during pregnancy could be harmful.
For the latest study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine, NCI researchers analyzed information provided by approximately 500,000 people, who answered questions about coffee consumption, smoking and drinking habits, medical history and more.
From those who answered that questions, some 14,200 of those same people died in the 10-year follow-up period. One of the interesting things the researchers found was that people were more likely to live longer with nearly every level and type of coffee consumption.
Coffee drinkers were found to be about 10 percent to 15 percent less likely to die than non-coffee drinkers during a decade of follow-up checks. The differences recorded regarding the amount of coffee consumed and genetic variations were minimal.
Other similar studies in the past have found that substances in coffee could help reduce inflammation which is one of the main causes of pain and discomfort. It is also believed that coffee improves how the body uses insulin which could decrease the chances of developing diabetes.