The findings have been all over the news as of late, that people who drink coffee find themselves at a lower risking of dying from a plethora of causes, including liver disease, heart, disease, and stroke, however, the experts can’t really tell why this boost in health is happening, or if it is entirely the result of coffee. This correlation between health and coffee was discovered in two large studies, of which, it didn’t really seem to matter whether the coffee was regular or decaf.
They did, however, see a positive spike for this who drank more coffee per day.
According to Marc Gunter, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer and co-author of one of the studies: “It is plausible that there is something else behind this that is causing this relationship.” In the first study, the coffee consumption of 185,000 white and non-white individuals in the early 1990’s was recruit and then followed for an average of 16 years. The results showed a surprising 12 percent lowered risk of death at any age when the participant drank one cup of coffee a day. And those who drank two to three cups of coffee a day actually saw an 18 percent lowered risk.
Veronica Setiawan, an associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and a co-author of the study said, “We found that coffee drinkers had a reduced risk of death from heart disease, from cancer, from stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes and kidney disease.” The second of the two studies - the largest ever of its kind - had more than 450,000 participants that were recruited between 1992 and 2000 across ten European countries. Again, in this study, the participants were followed for an average of 16 years, and the results were strikingly similar. Those who drank three or more cups of coffee a day were found to have an 18 percent lower risk of death for men, and an 8 percent lower risk for women, as compared to those who didn’t drink any coffee. However, some researchers are scratching their heads wondering if it is the coffee at all. According to Naveed Sattar, a professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow, “It is not necessarily the coffee drinking per se, it is that fact that there are other things about your lifestyle or the lack of ill-health that might be causing the association.” So what is the recommendation? Keep doing what you're doing. Nobody is suggesting you go out and start drinking coffee if you don’t or start drinking more if you are. The findings are still too new to jump to any conclusions, however, the possibilities of this research are certainly far reaching.