coffee drinking leads to longer life

The second huge study in a row to drinking coffee leads to longer life. . . .

This blog looks like we reprinted the last blog by mistake. But, it’s no mistake. This is the second huge study in the past few weeks to show that, contrary to common claims about coffee, drinking it leads to longer lives.

The last study focussed on a variety of European populations. The authors of the current study say that research on coffee drinking and longevity is rarer in non-white populations. So, they set out to correct the deficiency.

Their study included 185,855 African Americans, Native Hawaiians, Japanese Americans, Latinos, and non-coloured people. They wanted to determine the relationship between drinking coffee and overall death and death from specific conditions. To find this out, they followed them for an average of 16.2 years.

What they found was that drinking coffee makes you live longer. Compared with people who never drank coffee, coffee drinkers had lower rates of mortality during the study. Specifically, one cup a day led to a 12% reduction in overall mortality, 2-3 cups a day led to an 18% reduction in overall mortality. Four or more cups a day led to the same 18% improvement, suggesting again that more than 4 cups a day confers no additional benefit (other research has shown a reversal to harm at 4 cups a day).

When the researchers looked at the relationship between coffee drinking and death from particular diseases, they found that coffee’s protections from death worked for heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease.

The benefit seems to have nothing to do with caffeine, since the benefit was similar for caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. The benefits were significant for all ethnic groups except, for some reason, Native Hawaiians.


Ann Intern Med 2017;167(4):228-235


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