Coffee lovers who consume 4-5 cups each day have a higher life expectancy than those who don't - a recent large-scale study finds
NEW YORK -- New research to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that people who consumed four to five cups of coffee every day had a significantly higher life expectancy than those who drank none.
The large-scale study, which followed the diet and health of more than 402,000 Americans aged 50 to 71 over a 14-year period, found that the likelihood of death during the research period was significantly lower for regular coffee drinkers.
Amongst men, those who consumed 4-5 cups of coffee a day were 12% less likely to die during the 14-year period. For women consuming that amount of coffee, the probably was even higher at 16%.
Lead author of the study, Dr Neal Freedman from the National Cancer Institute, said that although the findings provide reassurance to coffee drinkers that their habit may not adversely affect their health, the study does not necessarily prove that drinking coffee leads to a lower death rate.
The study rather showed an association, not a direct cause-effect relationship, between coffee and mortality rates.
"Given the observational nature of our study, it is not possible to conclude that the inverse relationship between coffee consumption and mortality reflects cause and effect," Freedman explained.
In the U.S. nearly two thirds of adults drink coffee daily, according to Joe DeRupo, spokesman for the National Coffee Association. Consuming on average 3.2 cups a day, American coffee drinkers drink some 479 million cups of java each and every day, according to agency figures.
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