Let’s end the week on Coffeetalk by talking about coffee. Coffee has been the subject of more studies and reports than you can count. It’s good for you. It’s bad for you. Two recent studies say drinking coffee may help you live longer but the researchers covered their you-know-what’s by attaching a rider that says the studies don’t specifically show coffee is truly the reason many drinkers appear to live longer lives but rather show an association between drinking coffee and a propensity toward longevity.
One study of more than half a million people in Europe showed those who drank at least three cups per day tended to live longer than non-coffee drinkers. Higher coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause (except getting hit by a truck I suppose) and specifically for circulatory diseases and digestive diseases. The second study included more than 180,000 people in the U.S. and it found coffee drinkers had lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and respiratory and kidney diseases. Researchers in this study also engaged in some CYA by saying they cannot say coffee drinking will prolong your life but they do see an association. Those who drink 2 or 3 cups per day have even lower risks than those who drink 1 cup. I traditionally have one cup per day in the morning. I may just have to up my coffee intake.