Coffee prolongs life, revealing a survey conducted among half a million people


    PERSONS who drink coffee have a lower risk of death than those who are avoiding it. This was shown by a research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

    More than half a million Britons were surveyed, 387,494 of them drinking coffee. The average age of respondents was 57 years. Those who polished two to five cups of coffee a day had a 12 percent lower risk of death than people who did not consume them in the ten-year period.

    People who dropped six to seven cups had 16 percent lower risk of death, and people who consumed eight or more times a day, 14 percent.

    Scientists say it was not important whether the coffee was non-toxic or plain, ground or instant. Each has shown benefits for health, or influenced longevity.

    Some people’s genetics have affected cheaper metabolism of caffeine and scientists wanted to see whether it is more risking their own health. But it turned out that even when drinking coffee, it reduces the risk of death.

    This research goes in favor of many earlier reports that coffee could be useful for health.

    Namely, a similar result showed a survey of over half a million Europeans: men who drank three cups of coffee a day had 12 percent less chance of death in the 16 year period, while for women the risk was 7 percent lower than those who do not drink coffee.

    Other studies have shown that people who drink coffee are less likely to develop cancer, type 2 diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, liver cirrhosis and heart disease.

    In most studies, the result did not affect whether the coffee was caffeine or non-toxic, so the conclusion was not related to this ingredient, but to many other antioxidants found in coffee.

    Yet, a recent study of caffeine attributes a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, although scientists warn that it should be cautious and should not be exaggerated.

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