Coffee drinkers rejoice! A new study has recently found that drinking coffee is associated with a reduced risky of dying from heart disease and other related causes. The study followed more than 200,000 doctors and nurses for almost 30 years. From time to time each participant had a physical examination and completed questionnaires on diet and behavior, including their coffee habits.
After controlling for factors such as age, alcohol consumption, B.M.I., and other health and diet-related factors, the results of the study were quite astonishing! Non-smoking participants who drank a cup of coffee a day had a 6% reduced risk of death from heart related diseases. Those who drank three to five cups of coffee had a 15% reduced risk, and more than five cups a day had a 12% reduced risk. The type of coffee, whether decaffeinated or not made little to no difference.
Drinking coffee is now linked to a reduced risk of death from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, neurological diseases and suicide. However, it still does nothing to protect your from cancer. The link was also not apparent in participants who were smokers. This is probably because the risks associated with smoking are way heavier than the benefits of coffee drinking.
While the findings are definitely encouraging news, the lead researcher, Dr. Ming Ding of the Harvard School of Public Health, warns that “Our study is observational, so it’s hard to know if the positive effect is causal or not.”