Could Your Coffee Habit Lengthen Your Life?

From Drugs.com - November 30, 2017

Could Your Coffee Habit Lengthen Your Life?

THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2017 -- Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is not only safe for most people, it might protect against heart disease or an early death, a new review suggests.

The finding, which applies to so-called "moderate" coffee drinking, stems from a review of more than 200 previous studies.

The fresh analysis also linked moderate coffee drinking to a lower risk for developing prostate, endometrial, skin and liver cancers, type 2 diabetes, liver disease, gout, gallstones and dementia.

Some of the studies in the review also showed a lower risk for Parkinson's disease, depression and Alzheimer's.

However, the review did not prove that coffee drinking caused these health risks to drop. And it also found that coffee may be somewhat problematic for pregnant women and slightly increases the risk for fracture among all women.

The review was led by Dr. Robin Poole, a specialist registrar in public health at the University of Southampton in England. He collaborated with researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

The review suggested that drinking coffee in moderate amounts seemed to reduce the chances of dying from any disease, compared with those who did not drink coffee at all.

The biggest benefit was linked to consuming three cups a day. Drinking more than that was not linked to any harmful effects, but it also was not associated with substantially increased health benefits.


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