Coffee Drinking May Prevent Early Death

Moderate Coffee Drinking May Prevent Early Death | Medpage Today

People who drink up to five cups of coffee per day are less likely to die from heart disease, neurological disease, type 2 diabetes, or suicide, a new study suggests.

There is no evidence of harm of regular consumption in terms of chronic disease risk or mortality, and consistent evidence that consumption of coffee reduces the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease,

The researchers had data on participants from the mid-1980s or early 1990s through 2012. During that time, 19,524 women and 12,432 men died.  

Those who reported drinking one to five cups of any type of coffee per day were less likely to have died during follow-up than those who did not drink coffee

Death from heart disease, neurological disease, and suicide was less common among moderate coffee drinkers than among others, but there was no relationship with deaths from cancer, the researchers found.

“The benefit in terms of mortality is very small,” and leveled out at four to five cups per day.

For diabetes and cardiovascular disease, caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee seem to have similar effects, so the benefits may be due to compounds in the coffee other than caffeine, he said.

But for neurodegenerative disease, depression, and suicide, most likely the benefits are due to caffeine, he said.

“I don’t think we have data to recommend one type of coffee against other options,” or to recommend an exact amount of coffee, given that taste is very individualized and some people are more sensitive to caffeine, he said.  

Here is the study the article above is based on:

Association of Coffee Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in Three Large Prospective Cohorts. – PubMed – NCBI | Circulation. 2015 Nov

Association of Coffee Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in Three Large Prospective Cohorts.

BACKGROUND: -The association between consumption of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee and risk of mortality remains inconclusive.

METHODS AND RESULTS: -We examined the associations of consumption of total, caffeinated, and decaffeinated coffee with risk of subsequent total and cause-specific mortality among 74,890 women in the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS), 93,054 women in the NHS 2, and 40,557 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

Coffee consumption was assessed at baseline using a semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire.

During 4,690,072 person-years of follow-up, 19,524 women and 12,432 men died.

Consumption of total, caffeinated, and decaffeinated coffee were non-linearly associated with mortality.

Compared to non-drinkers, coffee consumption one to five cups/d was associated with lower risk of mortality, while coffee consumption more than five cups/d was not associated with risk of mortality.

However, when restricting to never smokers, compared to non-drinkers, the HRs of mortality were 0.94 (0.89 to 0.99) for ≤ 1 cup/d, 0.92 (0.87 to 0.97) for 1.1-3 cups/d, 0.85 (0.79 to 0.92) for 3.1-5 cups/d, and 0.88 (0.78 to 0.99) for > 5 cups/d (p for non-linearity = 0.32; p for trend < 0.001). Significant inverse associations were observed for caffeinated (p for trend < 0.001) and decaffeinated coffee (p for trend = 0.022).

Significant inverse associations were observed between coffee consumption and deaths due to cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, and suicide. No significant association between coffee consumption and total cancer mortality was found

CONCLUSIONS: -Higher consumption of total coffee, caffeinated coffee, and decaffeinated coffee was associated with lower risk of total mortality.  

Coffee is a popular topic in PubMed: here are 34 free full text articles on coffee in the last 5 years from 2010 to 2015::

 

 

 

 

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