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Study finds drinking coffee can cut risk of early death

25 November 2017

But now a review of 200 separate studies has shown even three or four cups a day is still more likely to benefit your health than harm it. Woohoo!

It found a lower danger of liver disease and a few cancers, and a lower danger of passing on from stroke - however scientists couldn't demonstrate coffee was the reason. There were also lower rates of type 2 diabetes, gallstones and dementia associated with coffee consumption.

The study does not suggest increased consumption of coffee for individuals as there is a need for further research as to the causes of the correlation.

Moderate coffee drinking is protected, and three to four mugs a day may have some medical advantages, as indicated by an expansive audit of past examinations, in the BMJ.

Drinking as many as seven cups a day was found to be beneficial.

However, women at risk of bone fractures and those who are pregnant may not derive the same health benefits from coffee, the research revealed.


The research team was led by Dr Robin Poole, Specialist Registrar in Public Health at the University of Southampton, with collaborators from the University of Edinburg.

The conclusion was made after doing an "umbrella review" of 201 observational research studies, and 17 studies based on clinical trials across various countries. Too much coffee for women during pregnancy could also be harmful, the study said. "Moderate coffee consumption seems remarkably safe, and it can be incorporated as part of a healthy diet by most of the adult population". In the past, the caffeinated drink has been linked to a lower risk of endometrial, skin, prostate, and liver cancers.

Decaffeinated coffee has a similar impact to the standard version, they found, suggesting the caffeine is not responsible for health benefits.

They wrote: 'Coffee is highly consumed worldwide and could have positive health benefits, especially in chronic liver disease. This included lower risk of death from any causes, or getting heart disease.

However, it's worth noting that drinking a lot of coffee can also be detrimental to your health.

But, this news might not be strong enough to start a coffee habit. "There is a balance of risks in life, and the benefits of moderate consumption of coffee seem to outweigh the risks".

Study finds drinking coffee can cut risk of early death