Reduce Your Risk of Dying by Drinking Coffee

We often write about the many health benefits of both regular and healthy organic coffee. In short these benefits include a reduction in risk of getting type II diabetes, colon cancer, prostate cancer, endometrial cancer, skin cancer, depression, committing suicide, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and more. So, the natural question to ask is if you can reduce your risk of dying by drinking coffee? This seems logical but now there is solid evidence reported in an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The report is entitled Association of coffee drinking and cause-specific mortality and is published in volume 366. Here is what it says about whether you can reduce your risk of dying by drinking coffee.

How the Study Was Set Up

The researchers examined the association of coffee drinking with subsequent total and cause specific mortality among 229,119 men and 173,141 women in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study who were 50 to 71 years of age at baseline. Participants with cancer, heart disease, and stroke at the start of the study were excluded. Coffee consumption was assessed once at baseline.

What the Researchers Found

The study group was followed from 1995 to 2008. A history of smoking and other factors that increase the likelihood of dying were statistically adjusted for. The numbers of men and women who died during the course of the study was 33,731 and 18,784 respectively. When adjusted for so-called confounding factors, such as smoking, there was a statistically lower likelihood of dying if you were a coffee drinker. And it turns out that you could further reduce your risk of dying by drinking coffee in larger quantities. Using a measure called a hazard ratio the researchers looked at men and women who drank up to six cups of coffee a day. Compared to those who did not drink coffee the coffee drinkers had a decreased risk of dying with every extra cup a day consumed.

Cups/Day
Men Women
1 .99 1.01
2-3 .90 .87
4-5 .88 .84
6 or more .90 .85

In short, you can reduce your risk of dying by drinking coffee. But the benefit seems to reverse itself in men when they go from five cups to six or more a day. The best reduction in risk in men is twelve percent in the 4-5 cup a day group and for women sixteen percent in the 4-5 cup a day group. The study did not consider whether the coffee was organic or not.

Antioxidants

Regular and organic coffee antioxidants are known to reduce the risks of various diseases including type II diabetes. Coffee is the leading source of antioxidants because we drink so much coffee. Thus it would seem fair to assume that getting your antioxidants throughout the day may be a large part of why you can reduce your risk of dying by drinking coffee.

Benefits of Caffeine

The caffeine in coffee wakes us up in the morning and keeps us going at mid-day. It also helps us avoid depression and even has been shown to reduce the risk of committing suicide. Caffeine also is part of why you can reduce your risk of dying by drinking coffee.


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