If you spend the better part of the day swigging coffee, don’t listen to the haters. Two glorious new studies shows that drinking coffee can lead to a longer life. So go ahead and put another pot on, girl. One study looked at 520,000 people in ten European countries and concluded that “coffee drinking was associated with reduced risk for death from various causes.” So thinks like circulatory or cardiovascular disease — coffee can help with that.
Another study looked at non-white populations. Researchers studied 185,000 African-Americans, Native Americans, Hawaiians, Japanese-Americans, Latinos, and whites over five years and found that coffee increases a person’a lifespan across races.
Finally! Something we love is good for us!
If only they could find the same for eating pizza every day or something, right? Coffee will have to do for now.
Overall, researchers found that the more coffee people drank, the less likely they were to die from heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease. There was also a connection between the amount of coffee people drank and certain cancers in women and suicidal tendencies in men.
Marc Gunter, reader in cancer epidemiology and prevention at Imperial College’s School of Public Health in the UK, and co-author the European study said that the results were the same, despite the differences in how coffee was prepared.
Researchers found that the health benefits come for anyone who drinks one to six cups a day, but three is probably the best bet. Obviously, don’t start slamming coffee all day every day in the hopes of living forever. Neither study found that there was a definitive link between coffee and not getting sick, but three cups a day (or more) isn’t going to kill you. Depending on your blood pressure and anxiety levels, of course.
Veronica W. Setiawan, lead author of the study that looked at multiple races, told USA Today, “Seeing a similar pattern across different populations gives stronger biological backing to the argument that coffee is good for you whether you are white, African-American, Latino or Asian.”
So go ahead and get another latte later. The only thing it’s hurting is your budget.