Grab a Cup O' Joe for Your Health
Coffee drinkers got good news this
week, as the New England Journal of Medicine published a study by
researchers at the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer
Institute and AARP, that showed coffee drinkers have a lower risk of
death than non-coffee drinkers.
The study consisted of 400,000
men and women between the ages of 50 and 71 who were followed from
1995-96 until the last day of 2008 and found that coffee consumption,
either caffeinated or not, is connected with lower death rates from
serious health risks like respiratory disease, stroke, heart disease,
and diabetes. Researchers also found that the more coffee the
participants drank, the greater the reduction of the risk of death.
In fact, those who drank three or more cups of coffee had a ten
percent decrease in the risk of death.
Researchers did find a
slight increase in the risk of cancer in men and an increased
consumption of coffee, however, coffee intake was not associated with
any cancer mortality rates in women. National Cancer Institute
researcher Dr. Neal Freedman said that though science has yet to find
a causal relationship between coffee and lower death risks, the study
does seem to show that coffee consumption is not harmful to your
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