Drinking four cups of coffee a day could keep death away

Preventing an early death could be as simple as drinking four cups of coffee a day.

happy older couple drinking coffee

A new study has revealed that drinking four cups of coffee each day can lower the risk of an early death.

Of the 20,000 middle-aged participants aged between 25 and 60, those who regularly drank coffee reported a mortality rate almost two-thirds lower than those who didn’t.

There is already research that shows how coffee can be good for your liver, can boost your immune system and reduce inflammation. It may even prevent skin cancer and provides a host of other health benefits.

Now experts are saying that just one cup a day could add months to your life. Two cups a day reduces your risk of early death by as much as 22 per cent or 30 per cent lower if you’re older.

Drinking four cups a day cuts your odds of an early demise by 64 per cent.

While the study was observational only, scientists believe that compounds such as caffeine, diterpenes and antioxidants interact with the body to have a positive health effect.

Other studies have revealed that drinking decaffeinated coffee can have a similar effect, leading study author Dr Adela Navarro to think it may be the antioxidants that provide the most benefit.

“I would advise drink plenty of coffee, it could be good for your heart. I think it's a good idea to have about four cups a day,” said Dr Navarro.

"I think it's the polyphenols, they have an anti-inflammatory effect.”

Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, Professor Metin Avkiran, said: “This study suggests there may be an association between drinking coffee and living longer, but it doesn’t prove a causal link or explain how coffee might be having this effect.”   

“Coffee drinkers should certainly not rest on their laurels. The best way to minimise your risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death is to concentrate on an overall healthy lifestyle – eat a balanced diet, stay active and don’t smoke – rather than lining up the lattes.”

How many cups of coffee do you drink each day?

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    Rosret
    30th Aug 2017
    11:24am
    Hehe - you'll never sleep again but you can walk around like a zombie until you are 100. I think one would call this newspaper science.
    MICK
    30th Aug 2017
    4:07pm
    Four cups of coffee? Serious?
    Coffee is acidic so 4 cups a day might put you at a risk of stomach cancer. Then there is the massive headaches you would get if you did not get your coffee drug. And last of all what Rosret said: get a job on night shift.
    Charlie
    30th Aug 2017
    11:38am
    I find this very hard to believe. For a start there's all the fat in the milk and the sugar for people who take it, also it can suppress the appetite to where a person becomes lacking in nutrition, if it becomes a substitute for food on a daily basis.

    I need at least 3 cups a day to balance the drowsy effects of the opiate pain killers I am on for life.
    KSS
    30th Aug 2017
    1:51pm
    Except that the 'perils' of full fat milk have largely been disproven.

    Also most studies of this nature would be done using black coffee only (with a control of 'white' coffee) IF they were testing the effect of milk on the coffee. However this particular study was observational and therefore no causal conclusions can realistically be made. It may only have an association with longer life but may not 'cause' longer life.
    Charlie
    30th Aug 2017
    3:49pm
    Later on we find out that the scientists are share holders in a string of coffee shops like Gloria Jeans and Starbucks.
    Poppysmum
    30th Aug 2017
    12:30pm
    Lol - just looking at the bottom of this page and it tells us to forgo the coffees and drink only water!
    Trees
    30th Aug 2017
    1:18pm
    well spotted :)
    Poppysmum
    30th Aug 2017
    12:30pm
    Lol - just looking at the bottom of this page and it tells us to forgo the coffees and drink only water!
    Poppysmum
    30th Aug 2017
    12:30pm
    Lol - just looking at the bottom of this page and it tells us to forgo the coffees and drink only water!
    Polly Esther
    30th Aug 2017
    1:31pm
    So let's get this straight, the more coffee you drink the longer you will live, is it so?
    Very amusing!!!!
    KSS
    30th Aug 2017
    1:45pm
    That's right. Until the next report that says the opposite!
    Poppysmum
    30th Aug 2017
    1:36pm
    Sorry about all the posts above......just not working for me today! Guess I must mean it!
    Rosret
    30th Aug 2017
    1:59pm
    Actually Poppysum - its them not you. The response time is so slow sometimes that it feels as though it hasn't worked. if you are quick enough you can remove them.
    Rosret
    30th Aug 2017
    2:00pm
    PS - probably just the jitters from the coffee.
    Tib
    30th Aug 2017
    2:10pm
    Yes apparently red wine chocolate and coffee is now good for you. It may not work and you may be a bit jumpy but you'll be too fat and drunk to care.
    Misty
    1st Sep 2017
    10:26am
    Love it.
    Maggie
    30th Aug 2017
    3:10pm
    NOTHING IS GOING TO KEEP DEATH AWAY!!! WHAT A TITLE. We are not fools.
    SuziJ
    30th Aug 2017
    5:39pm
    No caffeine for me. I'd rather live a great life without being bounced from wall to wall all day and not being able to sleep. This includes caffeinated beverages such as cola drinks, energy drinks, etc.

    Caffeine is also known to cause arrhythmia, so it can send you heart into atrial fibrilation (excessively fast heartbeat) and you won't be able to control it unless you get to the hospital asap. Then you'll be told to get off caffeine altogether.
    Nan Norma
    30th Aug 2017
    6:58pm
    I found out a long time ago that coffee helped calm my coughing in the middle of the night, and it didn't keep me awake. Half a cup would do the job.
    Wendy HK
    31st Aug 2017
    7:19pm
    If this is true - I am going to live forever.

    1st Sep 2017
    4:58am
    How do people aged between 25 to 60 report ''a mortality rate''? Did the survey question corpses, or do the people surveyed have crystal balls?
    Misty
    1st Sep 2017
    10:27am
    Good question Rainey.
    Misty
    1st Sep 2017
    10:29am
    4 cups of coffee, I would be up to the loo all night, wonder what sort of coffee they used, instant, percolated, brewed etc.
    PlanB
    16th Jul 2018
    2:13pm
    Next thing they will be telling us coffee is bad for you it changes from week to week, everything in moderation


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