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Coffee, with or without caffeine, is linked with lower mortality, says a new study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
Daily Coffee: 12% Lower Mortality
You have yet another reason to love coffee! People who consume the much-loved beverage live longer—apparently, according to the new study, conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Southern California (USC).
The data analysed was taken from a large-scale study involving over 215,000 participants, and those who drink coffee on a daily basis, as opposed to those who did not, were found to have a 12% lower risk of death due to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, and cancer.
Caffeine Does Not Matter
Furthermore, participants having two to three cups per day had an even lower risk of dying—18% lower. And, guess what? It has nothing to do with caffeine!
The study results show that the lower mortality was not linked with caffeine. So, the lower risk was there regardless of the presence of the hyped compound, says lead author Veronica W. Setiawan, from USC’s Keck School of Medicine.
Coffee is Good for Everyone!
The findings are applicable to African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Latinos, and Caucasians. The study is one of only few that investigate the effect of coffee consumption on mortality in not just white people, but among non-Causasian populations as well. The authors write that this kind of research is important, given that lifestyle trends and disease risks differ, depending on race and ethnicity, implying that findings based on restricted populations will not necessarily be applicable to others. But, the new study is allegedly representative of other groups because the link between coffee drinking and lower mortality was seen across 4 different ethnicities.
“This study is the largest of its kind and includes minorities who have very different lifestyles,” Setiawan said. “Seeing a similar pattern across different populations gives stronger biological backing to the argument that coffee is good for you whether you are white, African-American, Latino or Asian.”
A Cup of Coffee A Day Might Keep The Doctor Away
Coffee consumption has been associated with lower risks of a number of diseases, from diabetes and liver disease to several types of cancer and Parkinson’s disease, in an array of studies in the past. These positive effects, says Setiawan, might be the result of the antioxidants and phenolic compounds present in the drink. The new study does not focus on the causes of the benefits of coffee, though.
Setiawan does caution that they are not recommending people to consume coffee with the aim of prolonging life; rather, they have but found an association between coffee and long life, and that non-coffee-drinkers might want to try it out.