Good News for Coffee Drinkers: Reduces Mortality Rate

Good News for Coffee Drinkers: Reduces Mortality Rate

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 23 Dec 2015 - 14:31


Coffee drinkers may have another reason to enjoy coffee, as the latest study (published in the American Journal of Epidemiology), suggest that consuming about 4 to 5 cups of coffee regularly may reduce mortality rate, even for those who drink decaffeinated coffee.

As popular as it is with coffee drinkers, it is as controversial, a beverage. Several studies have been conducted and many new findings have revealed various attributes of coffee.

This new study did not find any connection between coffee consumption and cancer mortality,  but it does recommend that drinking this beverage everyday could reduce the risk of death from a number of diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.

“Coffee contains numerous biologically active compounds, including phenolic acids, potassium and caffeine,” said lead author Dr. Erikka Loftfield. For the study, Dr. Loftfield and colleagues enrolled about 90,317 healthy adults who were free from cancer or history of cardiovascular disease and were followed from 1998 to 2009. However they found that by 2009, about 8,700 deaths occurred.

Study Findings: After considering other factors like smoking, alcohol consumption and diet pattern, researchers found that those who drank 4 to 5 cups of coffee regularly had the lowest death risk from various causes, including heart disease, influenza, diabetes, respiratory diseases and suicide as compared with those who did not drink at all. They found that those who drank 2 to 3 cups of coffee regularly also had a lower risk of death, as did individuals who drank decaffeinated coffee or consumed coffee additives.

In addition, it was discovered that consuming up to 5 cups of coffee daily, which equals to 400 mg of caffeine, was not associated to any long-term health risks. “Coffee reduces mortality risk for some cancers but not others," adds Dr. Loftfield.

Interesting Facts about Coffee:

  • Most controversial and addictive beverage
  • Coffee taste varies with soil, climate, brewing and roasting.
  • Not everyone can metabolize coffee. Some stay away from it as they cannot process it.
  • It is similar to cocoa in its growth and form
  • Coffee interacts with several hormones and neurotransmitters like cortisol, acetylcholine  and insulin.
  • Its chemical composition cannot be standardized.
  • It’s hard to say coffee is good or bad for health
  • Coffee plantation is highly exposed to pesticides
  • High coffee consumption (over 500-600 gms) can lead to higher health risks like: Disturbed sleep

o   Miscarriage

o   Increased blood pressure in a normal person

o   PMS symptoms

o   Insomnia

o   Nervousness

o   Restlessness

o   Irritability

o   Stomach upset

o   Fast heartbeat

o   Muscle tremors

Avoid getting addicted to coffee consuming more than 500-600gms a day. Be mindful of certain pain killers that contain caffeine in it which can double the caffeine content in your body if are already an addict. Check with your doctor before taking them.


Reference:Association of coffee consumption with overall and cause-specific mortality in a large US prospective cohort study, Erikka Loftfield et al., American Journal of Epidemiology, doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv146, published online 27 November 2015, abstract; Reuters Health, Drinking coffee tied to lower risk of death, accessed 18 December 2015.


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