I sure as hell do like me a real cup of joe when I wake up in the morning.
Then through the day… then at some point mid-afternoon… and then sometime at night. And though each cup might make me feel like I’m on the verge of a panic attack for 30 minutes afterwards, it turns out that it could mean I live for longer that non-coffee drinkers.
A landmark study has suggested that people who drink around three cups of coffee a day could wind-up living longer than non-coffee drinkers.
Researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Imperial College London looked at data from more than 500,000 people in 10 European countries, including the UK, to explore the effect of coffee consumption on the risk of death.
And surprisingly, considering that a strong enough cup can make you feel as though you’re about to have a heart attack, they found that higher levels of coffee consumption were associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes.
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Men who drank two to three cups of coffee each day had an 18% reduced risk of death and women who drank it had 8% – tough luck, ladies!
Lead author Dr Marc Gunter of the IARC said: “We found that higher coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause, and specifically for circulatory diseases, and digestive diseases.
“Importantly, these results were similar across all of the 10 European countries, with variable coffee drinking habits and customs.
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“Our study also offers important insights into the possible mechanisms for the beneficial health effects of coffee.”
It is estimated that we consume 55 million cups of coffee every day here in the UK, so it’s very good news for all those frappuccino fans out there.
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