If you thought that the coffee at home or in the office should be scrapped off as part of cost cutting measures, you should stop right on your tracks.
Scientists through a study have found that people who drink coffee appear to live longer.
The study, which was published in the July 11 2017 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, used data from the Multiethnic Cohort Study, a collaborative effort between the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the Keck School of Medicine. It had more than 215,000 participants and bills itself as the most ethnically diverse study examining lifestyle risk factors that may lead to cancer.
Among the ethnic African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Latinos and whites, drinking coffee was associated with a lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory and kidney disease.
The study indicated that individuals who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 percent less likely to die compared to those who didn’t drink coffee. This association was even stronger for those who drank two to three cups a day — 18 percent reduced chance of death.
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The study also revealed that regardless of whether people took either decaffeinated or regular coffee, lower mortality was still present suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine.
While the study stated clearly that they cannot guarantee drinking coffee will prolong one’s life, they however pointed out that they could see an association between the two – long life and coffee consumption. Thus they encourages all to consider drinking coffee.
Since the association was seen in four different ethnicities, the study concluded that the outcome applies to all other ethnic groups across the board because similar pattern across different populations gives stronger biological backing to the argument that coffee is good whether one is white, African-American, Latino or Asian.
The study also did reveal that coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention (reduces the risk of liver cancer and chronic liver disease) thus making it clear that coffee can be incorporated into a healthy diet and lifestyle. Currently it is examining how coffee is associated with the risk of developing specific cancers.
Previous studies have indicated that drinking coffee is associated with reduced risk of several types of cancer, diabetes, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.
Other researchers from the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center have also found that drinking coffee lowers the risk of colorectal cancer.
However World Health Organization scientists warn that drinking piping hot coffee or beverages probably causes cancer in the esophagus.
In some respects, coffee is regaining its honor for wellness benefits. After 25 years of labeling coffee a carcinogen linked to bladder cancer, the World Health Organization last year announced that drinking coffee reduces the risk for liver and uterine cancer.
So make sure you take enough coffee for the day whether at home or in your office. Your longevity may just depend on it.
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