Biggest Health Benefit of Coffee to Date?


A recent article by CBS News caught my attention in a big way when I did a Google News search for “coffee” this morning. The headline read:

Two cups of coffee a day cuts risk of dying
by 10 percent, research shows.”

Wow … 10%??

We have all read studies in the past about how coffee may protect against some forms of cancer and how it could increase your risk of heart disease. But never has a study been so bold to suggest it reduces our risk of death by 10%!

The research study was led by Neal Freedman of the National Cancer Institute. Since 1995 researchers have been tracking over 400,000 US residents aged 50 to 71 living in 8 major cities across the country.

Some of the stand out findings about coffee’s affect on our lifespan include:

  • Women who drink 4-5 cups of coffee a day have a 16% lower risk of death.
  • Coffee drinkers are less likely to die from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke and diabetes.
  • Coffee drinkers are less likely to die from injuries, accidents or infections
  • The strongest benefits of coffee consumption were seen in participants who were healthiest at the start of the study.

I don’t think that this study clearly shows that coffee will make you live longer. The study didn’t look at cause and effect although it will get some publicity as if followed participants for over a decade.

What do you think?


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