Published: Sun, November 26, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Coffee cuts risk of heart disease and help you live longer

Coffee cuts risk of heart disease and help you live longer

There were also lower rates of type 2 diabetes, gallstones and dementia associated with coffee consumption. So where's the line?

The study was led Robin Poole, a public health specialist at the University of Southampton.

Cooper would be so very pleased.

An umbrella review, for the uninitiated, aggregates and synthesizes previous research and studies to generate a clearer understanding of what they all point to.

The scientists say coffee consumers should stick to "solid coffees" - which evade additional sugar, drain or cream, or a greasy nibble as an afterthought.

It's not really shocking that coffee is one of the most consumed beverages globally - millions of people drink it before starting their day jobs, and they refill their cups throughout the day. Increasing consumption to above three cups a day was not associated with harm, but the beneficial effect was less pronounced.

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That's... a pretty big list.

Evidence in the review came mainly from observational research, so we can't extrapolate our findings to suggest people start drinking coffee or increasing their intake in attempts to become healthier. During pregnancy coffee consumption was potentially associated with low birth weight and preterm birth.

Three or four cups a day confer the greatest benefit, the scientists said, except for women who are pregnant or who have a higher risk of suffering fractures. However, a new study suggests that drink up to four cups per day may cause more health benefits than harm.

The study was also able to note that a few cups of java even reduced the risk of depression as well as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

Furthermore, as Eliseo Guallar noted in an editorial about the study published in BMJ, we're still just looking at a lot of correlation - not at causation.

About the benefits and dangers of coffee has been debated for a long time. The best outcome was witnessed for liver conditions like cirrhosis of the liver. The popularity of decaffeinated coffee peaked in the 1980s, but at the turn of the century the science started to turn.

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