Coffee drinkers tend to live longer with lower cancer risk – study
MANILA, Philippines — There are now more reasons to drink coffee as a seven-year study in Guangzhou, China, suggested that coffee drinkers tend to have lower health risks and are less likely to die of cancer and heart disease.
Researchers from Southern Medical University have found that your daily coffee consumption can help you live longer and healthier lives, even if you add sugar, as recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers in China set out to test whether this was true even when people add sugar to their daily brew.
The study looked at data on the coffee drinking habits and health of over 171,000 UK residents, who had no cancer or heart disease at the start of the study, over a period of seven years. .
People who drank lightly sweetened coffee also lived longer, so adding sugar may not be unhealthy.
They found that people who regularly drank unsweetened coffee were 16-21% less likely to die during the study than their peers who did not drink coffee.
According to the data, study participants who drank between one and four cups of lightly sweetened coffee a day were 29 to 31 percent less likely to die during the study.
However, the evidence doesn’t necessarily support high-sweetened coffee drinks as healthy, according to an op-ed by Harvard professor Dr. Christina Wee on the Southern Medical University study. Participants added about a teaspoon of sugar per cup, on average, far less than the amount of sweetener typically found in prepared or blended coffee drinks.
Previous studies have also suggested that coffee drinkers live longer because they have a lower risk of diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The results are supported by previous evidence that coffee is generally beneficial for longevity, regardless of how you drink it. Coffee has proven benefits for physical health and even mental health. Caffeine appears to be linked to a decreased risk of Parkinson’s disease. Drinking is also linked to a lower risk of depression and suicide.
According to the Mayo Clinic, however, you cannot consume too much caffeine. Doses of more than 400 milligrams of caffeine (more than about four to five cups of coffee) can cause minor side effects such as anxiety, nervousness, rapid heartbeat, and sweating.
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