Could a daily coffee help you live longer? A new study suggests health benefits

It turns out that drinking a few cups of coffee every day might do more than give you a jolt at work—it might even help you live longer.

Two to three cups of coffee a day are associated with increased longevity and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, a new study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology has found. These benefits were seen regardless of coffee or not, or ground or instant coffee, based on an analysis of the habits of nearly 450,000 people.

“Ground, instant and decaffeinated coffee were associated with equivalent reductions in the incidence of cardiovascular disease and death from cardiovascular disease or any cause,” said study author Peter Kistler. “The findings suggest that light to moderate intake of ground, instant and decaffeinated coffee should be considered part of a healthy lifestyle.”

The study specifically looked at the link between light coffee consumption and cardiovascular issues, including coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure and ischemic stroke. The participants were free of these illnesses at baseline and researchers asked them how much and what type of coffee they drank each day, if any.

Coffee subtypes and associations with incident arrhythmia, CVD, and mortality. Caffeinated coffee (sweetened/bulk) but not decaffeinated reduced the risk of arrhythmia. Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee reduced the risk of CVD events and the risks of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. / Credit: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

Researchers followed the participants for an average of 12.5 years.

During that time, cardiovascular disease was diagnosed in more than 43,000 participants, 9.6% of the total. Those who drank two to three cups of coffee a day had the lowest risk of developing the disease, the researchers found, with probabilities reduced by 20%, 9% and 6%, respectively, for those who drank on the ground, instant coffee and decaffeinated coffee.

An additional 30,100 people were diagnosed with arrhythmia. While both ground and instant coffee were associated with a lower risk of that development, decaffeinated coffee did not help, the researchers found. Unlike other areas, drinking even more coffee made a difference for this condition, with those who drank four to five cups a day having the lowest reduced risk. A much lower risk was seen for those who drank two or three cups.

By the end of the study, 27,809 (6.2%) of the participants had died. However, all types of coffee were found to be linked to a reduction in death from any cause, with two to three cups a day having the greatest benefits. Ground, decaffeinated and instant coffees were associated with a 27%, 14% and 11% lower likelihood of death, respectively.

Kistler said that while caffeine is the most well-known aspect of coffee, it’s probably not the reason for the drink’s life-saving abilities. Coffee has more than 100 biologically active components, he said.

“It is likely that the non-caffeine compounds were responsible for the positive relationships observed between coffee consumption, cardiovascular disease and survival,” he said. “Our findings show that drinking moderate amounts of coffee of all types should not be discouraged but can be enjoyed as a heart-healthy behavior.”

This study adds to previous research on coffee, particularly multiple cups per day some apparent health benefits.

​​​​​​One study in 2018 found that over a 10-year study period, coffee drinkers were about 10%. 15% less likely to die than those who did not drink coffee. Another, published last year, found that drinking three to four cups of coffee, regardless of whether it is caffeinated, reduces the risk of developing and dying. chronic liver disease.

Editor’s Note: This story and headline have been updated to more accurately reflect the results of the observational study.

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