Coffee may help you live longer, study finds

In this image taken on Feb. 27 2017 waiter Ciro Chierchia prepares a traditional espresso macchiato at a coffee bar in Milan Italy

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In the biggest study of its kind, scientists found that coffee really can help people live longer, with people who drank six or seven cups a day 16% less likely to die from any disease over a 10-year period than those who never touched it.

A new study suggests that drinking coffee may boost your chances for a longer life. More than half a million people volunteered to give blood and answer detailed health and lifestyle questions for ongoing research into genes and health. About one-third of those surveyed said they drank between two and three cups of coffee each day, and 10,000 of them drank eight or more cups each day.

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

Eisenberg, a cardiologist, says there isn't enough clinical information in the study to change your coffee drinking habits just yet.

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That's because a massive new British study, examining the coffee habits and longevity of almost 500,000 adults, says there's an unmistakable across-the-board increase in longevity among people who drink lots of coffee.

Over 10 years of follow-up, more than 14,000 people died.

That finding, combined with the apparent longevity-boosting effect of decaf coffee, suggests that caffeine isn't the life-lengthening mechanism at work in java, Loftfield said.

"Although these findings may reassure coffee drinkers, these results are from an observational study and should be interpreted cautiously", said lead study author Erikka Loftfield, a research fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). They found that participants without a college degree more commonly drank instant coffee compared to college graduates.

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The research didn't include whether participants drank coffee black or with cream and sugar.

It might be that some other factor - like wealth, or education, or proximity to a coffee shop - is contributing to both higher levels of coffee drinking and lower rates of mortality. That study is particularly important, as it shows these benefits apply to African Americans, Native Hawaiians, Japanese Americans, Latinos, and white people.

Considering the strengths and weaknesses of the study, and everything that's gone before, we can chalk this up as more evidence that coffee does indeed seem to improve our health in certain ways - even if we don't exactly know how. The same association was noted among the poor coffee metabolizers as well.

You may have heard about the plant compounds called phytochemicals in coffee; such basic elements remain whether coffee is caffeinated or not, and whether you use a $5,000 espresso machine or you pour some hot water onto some powder.

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Past studies have indicated an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson's and cancers of the liver, bowel, colon and endometrium.

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