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Coffee’s Consequences

Here’s some good news for coffee lovers - drinking java regularly might lower the risk of death. Results from a recent study indicate that seniors who reported drinking a few cups of coffee daily were less likely to die from heart disease, stroke, infections, injuries and accidents than those who didn’t drink coffee at all or those who rarely drank it. The study looked at the coffee-drinking habits of more than 400,000 men and women who were between the ages of 50 to 71 in 1995 and 1996 and took part in nutrition surveys that included questions on coffee consumption. The researchers tracked the participants through 2008 to learn how many of the participants had died and what caused their deaths. They found that men who drank between two and six cups of coffee per day were about 10 percent less likely to die from any cause than men who didn’t drink coffee at all. Women coffee drinkers had up to a 16 percent reduced risk of death compared to women who didn’t report drinking coffee. The researchers weren’t able to hypothesize what it is about drinking coffee that might lead to a longer life. The study was published in the May 17, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

My take? I never developed a taste for coffee and don't get a buzz from caffeine, but I have been following the accumulating evidence on coffee's effects on health. Some studies have shown that drinking coffee isn’t harmful to cardiovascular health and may be beneficial. And a study published in 2006 showed that men from Finland, Italy and the Netherlands who drank coffee had lower rates of age-related cognitive decline than those who didn't. Other studies have been less clear-cut about coffee’s health benefits. If you don’t drink coffee, I wouldn’t advise you to start on the strength of the latest findings, particularly if it makes you jittery, anxious, or irritates your digestive system, bladder or prostate.

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The coffee debate drums on.

I allow myself one cup of joe each day, but am, nonetheless, sympathetic to Dr. Hyman's litany of why the java habit is deleterious.

Wrote about this, wherein I present Hyman's views and several counterpoints suggested by other researchers. If interested, read "Why Coffee May Be Good and Bad For You — Yeah, Both!"

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjgarma

Do these studies hold true for de-caf coffee, as well?

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKara Jones

It seems as every if six months there is a new study either touting or discrediting the benefits of coffee. A few years ago I did one of those questionnaires about lifestyle that calculated your estimated age at death. My results told me that if I cut down on coffee I would live six months longer, which meant according to the study that I would live to be something like 90 versus 89 1/2. I could care less about the six months on the back end, give me my daily consumption now so I can enjoy my brew! ;-)

Glad to hear that today coffee is good for me.

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Gibble

Sweet news! I'm a coffee addict and have been since I was about 8. My pediatrician suggested coffee to my mom to help when I was having trouble with my asthma. It worked like a charm, I got hooked and never saw any reason to unhook. :D

For people who (egads!) don't care for coffee, I'd suggest experimenting with iced coffee. My youngest daughter never cared for coffee but has become hooked on iced coffee with milk and sweetener.

Thanks for the consistently wonderful information!

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoi

I LOVE coffee, but i break out if i drink it regularly (I have pale, oily, sensitive skin), so I just have it as an occasional treat.

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

If it were not for COFFEE, we would still be in caves, no fire, no wheel. Coffee is the working persons drug of choice, the energy drink of everyday champions.

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Purnell

Thank You Dr. Weil for all your wonderful work. May you live a 120 years with perfect health and may you spread your goodness to all beings in every corner of the world. Sara. Taiwan.

August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

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