Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

Another Cup? More Coffee Could Be Linked to Longer Life Span

Another Cup? More Coffee Could Be Linked to Longer Life Span

This recent study drew from data from the UK Biobank study, an in-depth research initiative collecting data and following 500,000 people for three decades.

A new study suggests drinking more coffee may lower your risk of death.

In a 10-year follow-up period, around 14,000 people in the study died (the leading causes of death were cancer, cardiovascular disease and respiratory diseases).

The researchers found longevity benefits linked with almost every level and type of coffee consumption.

When the researchers looked at the participants' genetic data, they identified four gene variations that were known to be associated with caffeine metabolism, or how the body breaks down caffeine.

A new study suggests that drinking coffee may boost your chances for a longer life.

Last year, researchers in Spain also reported that people who drank at least four cups of coffee a day had a 64 percent lower risk of death than those who never or nearly never drank coffee. But non-coffee drinkers were more likely to have died than coffee-drinkers.

The results support the recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which states consuming three to five cups of coffee per day, or 400 milligrams per day, of caffeine is not detrimental to healthy individuals.

Also backing up this study's claims are previous studies - like the 2017 research covering more than 700,000 people that also found a link between coffee and a longer life.

The study was published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Additionally, it took into account a wide range of drinking habits, from no caffeine up to eight cups of coffee per day, while also exploring associations with decaf and instant coffee.

But coffee drinkers in the study didn't have higher risks than non-drinkers of dying from heart disease and other blood pressure-related causes. However the association with a lower risk of death was observed both for slow and fast metabolisers of caffeine.

But for some coffee lovers, this may be the only evidence needed to enjoy more coffee. It includes data from over half a million people in the United Kingdom. Instead, it could be one or a combination of several of the hundreds of chemicals that make up coffee.

So is all of the glowing research around coffee consumption scientifically sound, or yet another case of over-hyped public health reporting lacking nuance?

Other research has indicated that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop various forms of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, depression, Alzheimer's, dementia, liver cirrhosis, and heart disease.

"We know that some people metabolize caffeine quite slowly and are less tolerant of the apparent physical affects of caffeine, which of course comes from many sources other than coffee".