Study finds drinking coffee can cut risk of early death

You can drink up guilt-free

"That said, our results suggest moderate coffee drinking - up to around three cups per day - is not detrimental to your health, and that incorporating coffee into your diet could have health benefits".

Those who don't drink coffee are found to have lower risks of premature death, especially those who drink up to three cups a day.

Coffee drinking was also associated with lower risk of certain cancers - including prostate, endometrial, skin and liver cancer - as well as diabetes, liver disease and dementia.

It's not really shocking that coffee is one of the most consumed beverages globally - millions of people drink it before starting their day jobs, and they refill their cups throughout the day.

The British Medical Journal found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers in coffee drinkers, but couldn't prove it was directly related to coffee, reports the BBC.

While there's been conflicting evidence around the health benefits of coffee in the past, researchers wrote in the BMJ that a cup of Joe is "more likely to benefit health than to harm it".

However the authors of the study also point out that the potential health benefits are not universal, with coffee consumption by pregnant women linked to a higher risk of miscarriage. To acquire an understanding of its effects on human health, Robin Poole, a public health specialist at the University of Southampton in Britain, led an "umbrella review" of 218 studies around the world.

Poole's team mentioned that their findings are majorly based on observational data so no definite cause and effect could be concluded, however, their findings support the other latest reviews and analysis conducted on coffee intake.

According to research in the past, caffeine consumption has been linked to the body's ability to absorb calcium, which in turn affects bone mineral density, especially in women.

However, But Prof Paul Roderick, co-author of the study, said it was hard to ascertain whether coffee had made the difference.

There also seemed to be beneficial associations between coffee consumption and Parkinson's disease, depression and Alzheimer's disease.

But, this news might not be strong enough to start a coffee habit.

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