The More Coffee You Drink, the Lower Your Risk of Death
If you drink coffee and you’re healthy, your risk is dying is lower than it is for non-coffee drinkers, suggests research presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish study involved nearly 20,000 participants and confirmed earlier research linking coffee consumption with reduced mortality risk.
The purpose of this new research was to examine the association between coffee and mortality risk in middle-aged Spanish university graduates. Participants – average age around 37 – completed a food frequency questionnaire to provide details about their coffee consumption, as well as lifestyle factors, previous health conditions, and other information. Researchers followed study participants for an average of 10 years, obtaining information about mortality from several sources.
During the follow-up period, 337 participants died. According to the researchers, those who enjoyed at least four cups of coffee a day had a 64 percent lower risk of death overall during the study period than those who never or almost never drank coffee. Each additional two cups of coffee per day resulted in a 22 percent lower mortality risk.