Coffee Lowers Death Risk – Study

Those men and women with thick glasses and white coats are at it again. After telling us for a while that coffee could be bad for our health, they wake up one day and say, “Sorry, coffee lowers risk of death.”

Thursday’s edition of the New England Journal of Medicine reports that men and women who go through 4 or 5 cups per day tend to live that little bit longer. A study was conducted over 14 years of over 400,000 adults.

While the research can’t prove that coffee alone was responsible for longevity given the size of the sample it has gotten the lovers of java excited.

The team took into account that people who take coffee tend to smoke. When they did that they realised that those took no coffee were less at risk than those who didn’t. In fact just taking one cup of coffee a day reduces your risk by 6% for men and 5% for women. At 2 to 3 cups per day the risk dropped further (10% for men and 13% for women) and peaked at 4 to 5 cups per day (12% for men and 16% for women). After men were pretty much stagnant at 10% with women at 15% less risk.

The link even worked for those who drank decaf and the correlation held true for people who were at risk from a number causes of death except cancer.

So for the java lovers, you don’t have to feel bad about your coffee intake anymore. Until the next time the scientists tell us otherwise.