Coffee addiction linked to reduced risk of death over seven years

(ORDO NEWS) — Compared to those who avoided coffee, adults who drank at least one and a half cups of coffee daily, including sugar, were less likely to die over a seven-year period.

Moderate but daily coffee consumption both sugar-free and sweetened is associated with a reduced risk of death over seven years.

This conclusion was made by Chinese scientists from the School of Public Health of the Southern Medical University in Guangzhou and the Medical School of Jinan University.

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, with an estimated 517 million cups a day in the US and 98 million cups in the UK.

Therefore, it is not surprising that experts are so interested in studying its benefits. As previous studies have shown, coffee lovers are less likely to experience certain chronic diseases, oncopathologies, and dementia, and even the mere thought of this drink can invigorate.

Researchers in China analyzed data from more than 171,000 members of the British Biobank, which collects lifestyle and health data from over 500,000 people.

Scientists have been tracking the fate of these people (average age – 55.6 years) since 2009: in just seven years of observation, 3177 people died, with 1725 from cancer, 628 from cardiovascular diseases, although at the beginning of the study none of the volunteers had such diagnoses.

After taking into account many factors – age, gender, race, level of education and physical activity, body mass index, dietary habits, the presence of bad habits – the authors of the article found that compared with those who did not consume coffee, drinkers of this drink for seven years had the lowest probability of dying from all causes after adjusting for lifestyle, sociodemographic, and clinical variables. The strongest correlation was found in participants who drank 2.5-4.5 cups daily.

“Consumers of different amounts of unsweetened coffee (from zero to 1.5, from 1.5 to 2.5, from 2.5 to 3.5, from 3.5 to 4.5 and over 4.5 servings per day) had lower risk of death <…> with corresponding risk factors: 0.79, 0.84, 0.71, 0.71 and 0.77.

The indicators for sweetened coffee (when no more than one teaspoon was added to it. – Approx. ed.) were: 0.91, 0.69, 0.72, 0.79 and 1.05, respectively, ”the scientists write. In the case of artificial sweeteners, the association was less clear.

Of course, since the study was an observational study, the conclusions are still far from conclusive: the estimates were based only on the reports provided by the participants themselves. Plus, it’s not clear if the association between coffee consumption and a reduced risk of death will continue if the drink contains more sugar.

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