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Coffee drinking again linked to reduced risk of death

Coffee bean may hold secret to longer life, rather than caffeine for favorite drink of seniors

woman in bathrobe drinking coffeeNov. 17, 2015 - Drinking a second or third cup of coffee may do more than get you through a long day - it may also reduce your risk of death from heart disease and other illnesses. These results, surprisingly, resulted from regular or decaffeinated coffee, which long ago was established as the favorite drink of senior citizens.

People who regularly drank moderate amounts of coffee daily -less than 5 cups per day - experienced a lower risk of deaths from cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, Type 2 diabetes and suicide, according to a study reported yesterday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

The benefit held true for drinking caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, suggesting it's not just the caffeine providing health perks but possibly the naturally occurring chemical compounds in the coffee beans.

"Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation," said Ming Ding, M.D., the study's first author and doctoral student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.

"They might be responsible for the inverse association between coffee and mortality. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanisms producing these effects."

 

The findings are based on data from three large ongoing studies: 74,890 women in the Nurses' Health Study; 93,054 women in the Nurses' Health Study 2; and 40,557 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

Researchers assessed coffee drinking every four years using validated food questionnaires and followed participants for up to 30 years. During the follow-up period, 19,524 women and 12,432 men died from a range of causes.

In general, people who frequently drank coffee were more likely to smoke and drink alcohol. To separate the effects of coffee from smoking, researchers repeated their analysis among never-smokers, and found that the protective benefits of coffee on deaths became even more evident.

"Regular consumption of coffee can be included as part of a healthy, balanced diet," said senior author Frank Hu, M.D., Ph.D., a Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Harvard.

"However, certain populations such as pregnant women and children should be cautious about high caffeine intake from coffee or other beverages."

The study was not designed to show a direct cause and effect relationship between coffee consumption and dying from illness. So the findings should be interpreted with caution, researchers said. One potential drawback of the study design was that participants were asked to report how much coffee they drank, however researchers found the assessment to be reliable.

Previous studies found inconsistent associations between coffee drinking and risk of total and cause-specific death. This study claims it adds to the literature that moderate coffee consumption may confer health benefits. However, more research is needed to determine how coffee affects the body and whether different types of coffee may play a role.

The National Institutes of Health funded the study.


Archived New Reports About Coffee

Chemical in Coffee Appears to Prevent Weight Gain, Obesity-Related Disease

Previous studies have shown that coffee consumption may lower the risk for chronic diseases - Nov. 14, 2014

Coffee-Loving Seniors, Others Warned by FDA to Avoid Powdered Pure Caffeine

FDA says at least one death reported from use of pure caffeine sold in bulk over internet - July 24, 2014

A Senior Delight: Drink More Coffee, Become More Resistant to Diabetes, Says Harvard Study

Those who decreased their coffee consumption by more than a cup per day increased their type 2 diabetes risk by 17% - April 25, 2014

More archived news stories about coffee

Caffeine Use Disorder Found to be Widespread Health Problem Needing Attention

A favorite for senior coffee addicts, caffeine is the most widely used drug, but little is known about helping those who depend on it - Jan. 29, 2014


Researchers Find Coffee Enhances Memory, Good News for Seniors

Already the favorite drink for senior citizens, here is a new reason to love caffeine even more

Jan. 12, 2014


Seniors Favorite Drink Coffee May Improve Blood Flow in Small Vessels

New study takes us one step closer to understanding how coffee might benefit cardiovascular health; previously linked to lower risk of dying from heart disease, stroke - Nov. 20, 2013


Senior Citizens’ Favorite Drink Coffee Reduces Risk of Liver Cancer

Study confirms claims that coffee is good for your health; liver cancer risk includes alcohol, tobacco, obesity and diabetes - Oct. 22, 2013


A coffee good to the last drop? Well maybe not for senior citizens, especially at $60 a cup

Civet eats coffee berry, passes the bean during its regular digestive process before being roasted and named Kopi Luwak

By Bill Kalmar, Retiree - Aug. 29, 2013


Seniors’ favorite drink wins again: four or more cups of coffee a day puts brakes on prostate cancer

Researchers see very big drop in this cancer for heavy coffee drinkers, but no drop in deaths; also find dangers for some men - Aug. 26, 2013


Warning on death risk from too much coffee does not apply to senior citizens

Only young people under 55 should avoid heavy coffee consumption, suggests new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings

By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com

August 19, 2013


Crisis Looms for Senior Citizens as 'Coffee Rust' Wipes Out Production of Their Favorite Drink

A survey of seniors years ago found most prefer coffee to sex, but this devotion to caffeine may get challenged by an expected jump in price due to wide-spread fungus attack blamed on growing methods

Feb. 12, 2013


Moderate Coffee Drinking Good for Your Heart; Favorite Senior Drink Wins Again

Good news may warrant changes to current heart failure prevention guidelines of American Heart Association that say coffee drinking may be risky for heart patients; bit of bad news - excess coffee bad! - June 27, 2012


Does Coffee Deserve Credit for Boom in Senior Citizen Population?

Massive study declares coffee drinkers have lower risk of death; seniors have declared coffee more important that sex - see video - May 17, 2012


Coffee Antioxidant Properties May Protect Women Against Uterine Cancer

Drinking more than four cups of coffee daily cut risk by 25%; coffee fast-emerging as protective against a number of diseases- see video - Nov. 28, 2011


Coffee, Favorite Drink of Seniors, Provides Protection from Basal Cell Carcinoma

Women get almost twice as much protection as men among 3-cup a day drinkers - see video - Oct. 26, 2011


Older Women See Depressions Go Down as Coffee Drinking Goes Up

Depression is chronic and recurring condition affecting twice as many women as men; includes about 1 of every 5 U.S. women - Sept. 26, 2011


Coffee Drinking Fights Off Prostate and Breast Cancer: Happy Older Americans Month

Senior citizens say they will give up sex before coffee; must be delighted with latest news on how it protects both sexes from most prominent cancers

May 19, 2011

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