People who drink coffee on a daily basis are less likely to die of heart disease and diabetes than those who do not drink coffee at all.
Coffee is enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Though, people always remain considerate about the impact of coffee on their health since it contains high levels of caffeine and added fats and sugar. But now, a new study suggests that coffee does not harm your body, in fact, it's good for your health.
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According to a decade-long study conducted in the United States, people who drink coffee on a daily basis are less likely to die of various causes, such as heart disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease, than those who consume coffee occasionally or do not drink it at all.
For the study, researchers looked at the data of 90,317 adults who did not have cancer or history of heart disease and they were followed from 1999 to 2009. Researchers took into account their coffee intake alongside other dietary and health details such as smoking.
By 2009, about 8,700 people died and coffee drinkers died less in numbers throughout this period than nondrinkers.
Researchers also found that more a person drinks coffee; the less the chances are getting the diseases and die of them prematurely. The risk of death was lowest in those who consume four to five cups of coffee a day.
Coffee contains a lot of essential nutrients such as potassium, magnesium and phenolic acids and regular and high consumption of coffee can reduce the risk of death from heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, pneumonia, influenza and suicide but not cancer.
“Although coffee drinking has been inversely associated with incidence of certain cancers like liver in epidemiological studies, we did not observe an association between coffee and overall cancer mortality,” said lead author Dr. Erikka Loftfield. “This may be because coffee reduces mortality risk for some cancers but not others.”
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According to researchers, drinking up to five cups of coffee or 400 milligrams of caffeine is absolutely fine for health and those who consume two to three cups of coffee had approximately 18% lower risk of death.