The debate about coffee consumption posing health risks may be closer to a definitive answer following a 30-year-long study that ended in favor of the practice. Surprisingly, the rule seems to apply even to decaf drinkers. Grab a cup and read on.
The data gathered for the research was obtained from 167.944 women and 40,557 men as part of three separate surveys, with 19,524 deaths occurring in the female ranks and 12,432 in the opposite camp. Cause of death was obviously a key metric, considering that the research focused on a consumable whose effects on health are regularly called into question. So here’s what they uncovered:
- Coffee drinkers experienced a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease
- Neurological diseases, Type 2 diabetes and suicide were also less frequent among those who drank less than 5 cups of coffee a day
- Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation
- The benefits were observed in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, suggesting that caffeine has little to no contribution to the positive effects
The results are even more staggering considering that coffee lovers are also more likely to smoke and drink, according to the research paper. However, Dr. Ming Ding, one of the paper’s authors, stresses that the findings are still not conclusive enough to give a verdict, and that more research will be required to investigate the mechanisms producing these effects. May we suggest asking respondents to specify the size of their coffee mug before anything?
Conclusive or not, we like what we’re hearing. Our coffee drinking habits here at 4PSA should ensure a long and prosperous existence. If it sounds like your cup of
tea coffee, you’re welcome to hop aboard. We make a mean cup of java 😎