Thursday, May 17, 2012

Coffee Drinking Linked to Long Life

One of my favorite coffee mugs

When my grandmother found out that I drank coffee (I was 21), she wept. For joy! I grew up in a coffee-drinking culture, but didn't partake of the java myself. Then, I got converted. This was like a religious thing for my grandmother. Finally, the prodigal son had returned. Put on the coffee pot!

Today we have good news from the New England Journal of Medicine (which is the medical equivalent of the Bible). My grandmother would say, "See, I told you so." See the CNN article here.

  • "Drinking a daily cup of coffee -- or even several cups -- isn't likely to harm your health, and it may even lower your risk of dying from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease."
  • "Overall, coffee drinkers were less likely than their peers to die during the [NIH/AARP] study, and the more coffee they drank, the lower their mortality risk tended to be. Compared with people who drank no coffee at all, men and women who drank six or more cups per day were 10% and 15% less likely, respectively, to die during the study."
  • "Even moderate coffee consumption was linked to better survival odds. Drinking a single cup per day -- which was much more common than a six-cup-a-day habit -- was associated with a 6% lower risk of dying among men and a 5% lower risk among women."
  • "It's plausible that coffee drinking actually improves health. Coffee contains some 1,000 compounds, many of which are health-promoting antioxidants, Freedman says.
    "There's some data showing that some of these components may prevent insulin resistance and have a role in diabetes," he says."