Can coffee help us live longer?

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Many could be surprised to learn that a new study conducted in the United Kingdom presents findings that indicate that coffee could elongate our lives. After studying the health of half a million people from 10 European countries, data suggests that drinking three cups of coffee a day may increase our lifespan.

The study was led by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer in conjunction with Imperial College London. They selected an enormous group of people all over the age of 35 and when the study began they recorded how much coffee they drank a day. The state of health at the time of death was then analysed over 16 years.

Their conclusions claim that caffeine could be linked to helping lower the risk of death and the development of health complications such as heart diseases and gut related problems.

Although researches are keen to highlight that although the pool of data analysed was very large, the study is by no means perfect that all variables must be considered. Nonetheless, Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter, from the University of Cambridge, told the BBC that “the estimated reductions in death really were down to coffee, that an extra cup of coffee every day would extend the life of a man by around three months and a woman by around a month on average.”

This study is not the first to investigate the health benefits of coffee. According to WebMD, they too highlight that research has indicated that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop dementia, Parkinson’s disease and type 2 diabetes. Some studies even imply that caffeine can help reduce the development of certain cancers, strokes and heart rhythm problems[1].

Although there is no definitive proof because the amount of variables to be considered in order to make a firm scientific conclusion about the benefits of coffee are almost endless; knowing that our coffee habits might be extending our lives makes our brew that much tastier!

[1] www.webmd.com

 

Sources:

www.bbc.com

www.webmd.com

 

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