Coffee buzz: Study finds java drinkers live longer

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PostThu Jun 07, 2012 5:56 pm » by Flecktarn


One of life's simple pleasures just got a little sweeter. After years of waffling research on coffee and health, even some fear that java might raise the risk of heart disease, a big study finds the opposite: Coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer. Regular or decaf doesn't matter.
The study of 400,000 people is the largest ever done on the issue, and the results should reassure any coffee lovers who think it's a guilty pleasure that may do harm.
"Our study suggests that's really not the case," said lead researcher Neal Freedman of the National Cancer Institute. "There may actually be a modest benefit of coffee drinking."
No one knows why. Coffee contains a thousand things that can affect health, from helpful antioxidants to tiny amounts of substances linked to cancer. The most widely studied ingredient - caffeine - didn't play a role in the new study's results.
It's not that earlier studies were wrong. There is evidence that coffee can raise LDL, or bad cholesterol, and blood pressure at least short-term, and those in turn can raise the risk of heart disease.
Even in the new study, it first seemed that coffee drinkers were more likely to die at any given time. But they also tended to smoke, drink more alcohol, eat more red meat and exercise less than non-coffee-drinkers. Once researchers took those things into account, a clear pattern emerged: Each cup of coffee per day nudged up the chances of living longer.
The study was done by the National Institutes of Health and AARP. The results are published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.
Careful, though - this doesn't prove that coffee makes people live longer, only that the two seem related. Like most studies on diet and health, this one was based strictly on observing people's habits and resulting health. So it can't prove cause and effect.
But with so many people, more than a decade of follow-up and enough deaths to compare, "this is probably the best evidence we have" and are likely to get, said Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health. He had no role in this study but helped lead a previous one that also found coffee beneficial.
The new one began in 1995 and involved AARP members ages 50 to 71 in California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Atlanta and Detroit. People who already had heart disease, a stroke or cancer weren't included. Neither were folks at diet extremes - too many or too few calories per day.
The rest gave information on coffee drinking once, at the start of the study. "People are fairly consistent in their coffee drinking over their lifetime," so the single measure shouldn't be a big limitation, Freedman said.
Of the 402,260 participants, about 42,000 drank no coffee. About 15,000 drank six cups or more a day. Most people had two or three.
By 2008, about 52,000 of them had died. Compared to those who drank no coffee, men who had two or three cups a day were 10 percent less likely to die at any age. For women, it was 13 percent.
Even a single cup a day seemed to lower risk a little: 6 percent in men and 5 percent in women. The strongest effect was in women who had four or five cups a day - a 16 percent lower risk of death.
None of these are big numbers, though, and Freedman can't say how much extra life coffee might buy.
"I really can't calculate that," especially because smoking is a key factor that affects longevity at every age, he said.
Coffee drinkers were less likely to die from heart or respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, injuries, accidents or infections. No effect was seen on cancer death risk, though.
Other research ties coffee drinking to lower levels of markers for inflammation and insulin resistance. Researchers also considered that people in poor health might refrain from drinking coffee and whether their abstention could bias the results. But the study excluded people with cancer and heart disease - the most common health problems - to minimize this chance. Also, the strongest benefits of coffee drinking were seen in people who were healthiest when the study began.
About two-thirds of study participants drank regular coffee, and the rest, decaf. The type of coffee made no difference in the results.
Hu had this advice for coffee lovers:
- Watch the sugar and cream. Extra calories and fat could negate any benefits from coffee.
- Drink filtered coffee rather than boiled - filtering removes compounds that raise LDL, the bad cholesterol.
Researchers did not look at tea, soda or other beverages but plan to in future analyses.
Lou and Mariann Maris have already compared them. Sipping a local brew at a lakefront coffee shop, the suburban Milwaukee couple told of how they missed coffee after briefly giving it up in the 1970s as part of a health kick that included transcendental meditation and eating vegetarian.
Mariann Maris switched to tea after being treated for breast cancer in 2008, but again missed the taste of coffee. It's one of life's great pleasures, especially because her husband makes it, she said.
"Nothing is as satisfying to me as a cup of coffee in the morning," she said.

i love latte i must drink about 6+a day
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PostThu Jun 07, 2012 6:20 pm » by Switchtrip


personally i dont think coffee is any good for you, just a feeling, i have no proof.

but then i am a weirdo, i dont eat apples or grapes and dont drink alcohol either.

one thing i do know for sure about tea, is that tea strips the body of iron.
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PostThu Jun 07, 2012 6:24 pm » by Kinninigan


I drink enough coffee to be immortal by now....aint nothing like a coffee and a joint for breakfast!













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PostThu Jun 07, 2012 7:55 pm » by Flecktarn


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PostThu Jun 07, 2012 9:13 pm » by monica44


When i got very ill back in 2005 i was pretty close to deaths door, i had acute blood poisoning, pneumonia and a cardiac virus i was in intensive care for 3 weeks, looking back i went through some sort of death because my life changed, but here is the wierd thing before i became ill i was a massive tea drinker, infact i was something of an expert of teas because i had a friend who imported it but when i was admitted to hospital i was offered some when i eventually came round and it tasted awful, i put it down to being hospital cheap stuff and didn't bother again until i got home but nothing changed it was still foul, the other odd thing was coffee became my new Tea, now i drink gallons of the stuff i never used to touch for years...
So i am happy that its been given the thumbs up :cheers:
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PostThu Jun 07, 2012 9:14 pm » by monica44


Kinninigan wrote:I drink enough coffee to be immortal by now....aint nothing like a coffee and a joint for breakfast!

perfect combo..... :clapper:











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PostThu Jun 07, 2012 9:36 pm » by 2020


What a load of bollocks! this sort of article is designed solely to keep us in a perpetual state of confusion on how we should live our lives! Fleck dont get me wrong here dude as this comment is not a reflection on you for posting it ok, but come on people. every day some corporate sponsored lobbyists win the top slot in the media via so called scientific study groups or think tanks yada yada,... some of us (as a whole) lose a another bit of free will to make choices.
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PostThu Jun 07, 2012 9:43 pm » by Switchtrip


Great Britain is a nation built on tea apparently an old saying goes, but now all up and down the country BP,

British petroleum, have coffee nation machines, with coffee nation advertised everywhere. I dont know

about them all, but u cant even get a cup of tea at standard BP garage. there's something wrong there, i

think there maybe a conspiracy.

Why are they, (tptb) pushing coffee, or are they getting rid of tea??
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PostThu Jun 07, 2012 11:19 pm » by Flecktarn


all good with me 2020 ,i love the stuff also tea and booze ,,i often wonder if marketing has a hand in these study's
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