Coffee Truly is a Lifesaver, another Study Says
There is mounting evidence that drinking coffee is good for one's health.
According to one more study, people who drink coffee frequently have a lower risk of dying from several illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes, when compared to people who do not drink coffee.
For this study, the research team examined data on 90,317 adults who were being tracked from a previous study between 1998 and 2009. The adults did not have cancer or a history of cardiovascular problems during the study. They all reported their coffee consumption levels, as well as other dietary data and health records.
By the end of the study, 8,700 participants had died. The researchers assessed the individual death risk after they took out factors, such as smoking, and found that people who coffee more often had a lower death risk than people who did not drink coffee.
More specifically, people who drank two to three cups a day had an 18 percent lower risk of death from certain illnesses when compared to people who did not drink coffee at all. The team found that decaf coffee drinkers also experienced a lower risk of death. They also found that there did not seem to be any health risks involved with drinking up to five cups - 400 milligrams of caffeine - per day.
Despite finding a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory illnesses, diabetes, influenza, pneumonia and suicide, the team did not find that coffee consumption lowered risk of death from cancer.
"Although coffee drinking has also been inversely associated with incidence of certain cancers, like liver, in epidemiological studies, we did not observe an association between coffee and overall cancer mortality," lead author Dr. Erikka Loftfield of the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland said reported by Reuters said. "This may be because coffee reduces mortality risk for some cancers but not others."
Dr. Marc J. Gunter of Imperial College London, who was not involved with this study, noted, "There is an accumulating number of studies of very high quality that show that people who drink more coffee tend to have better health outcomes... It doesn't seem to do you any harm, if you like drinking coffee then carry on."
A study conducted by Harvard University researchers published last month found that moderate coffee consumption in nonsmokers was linked to an eight to 15 percent reduced risk of death when compared to nonsmokers who did not drink coffee.
"The main message is that regular consumption, meaning three to five cups of coffee a day, is associated with lower risk in total mortality and mortality from several causes like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and suicide," the researcher, Frank Hu, had said to NBC News.
The study's findings were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.