If you’re a regular coffee drinker like me, you’ve probably wondered if your daily habit can be detrimental to your health. Luckily, not only is coffee essential to our sanity, but a new study has also found that coffee can actually lower your risk of mortality! Yes, you heard that right. Drinking 3-5 cups of coffee a day lowers your risk of dying. Now that’s news worth celebrating!
The Source of Good News
Lead researcher Frank Hu of Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and his team authored a study involving more than 200,000 people. They found that those participants who consumed between 3-5 cups of coffee a day were associated with 15 percent lower risk of premature death compared to those who abstained from coffee drinking altogether.
Coffee and Cigarettes
The one thing that has complicated such research in the past was that most daily coffee drinkers are also smokers and that may have been a bitter note for previous research on the subject. This is precisely why Hu and his colleagues eliminated the smokers from their analysis. Plus, the study’s large participant pool helped weed out other possible health factors having an effect on the results.
The study did reveal a correlation between drinking coffee and lowered mortality risk; however it follows decades of studies that found specific and general health benefits of coffee drinking, particularly lower risks of cardiovascular disease, liver diseases, diabetes, and overall mortality. Plus, the study’s large size helps explain other health factors, particularly smoking, that may conceal coffee’s protective effects. The authors therefore concluded that the “results from this and previous studies indicate that coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.”