Drinking coffee, even decaf or instant, may help you live longer

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Conducted over a decade, the study found that coffee drinkers lived longer on average than those who abstained - whether they drank instant, ground, or decaf.

The researchers found those who drank three cups per day lowered their risk of early death by 18 percent while those who drank one cup per day lowered their risk by 12 percent.

The live-giving properties of a cup of joe even stayed in place for the survey's 10,000 respondents who drank eight cups or more a day. Dr. Tara Narula, cardiologist at Northwell Health, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the findings. You still got that slightly lower chance of dying. More than half a million people volunteered to give blood and answer detailed health and lifestyle questions for ongoing research into genes and health.

Even the heaviest coffee drinkers are less likely to die early than people who don't drink coffee, new research finds.


And you thought British people only drank tea.

"But here's a situation where there was always some feeling of, 'Oh, can't be - I enjoy it too much, it can't be good for me.' And now we're finding out that it's good".

The second main way in which the study builds upon past research is that it took into account mortality incidence with respect to genetic differences in participants' metabolizing of caffeine.

But coffee drinkers in the United Kingdom study didn't have higher risks than nondrinkers of dying from heart disease and other blood pressure-related causes.


The results don't prove your coffee pot is a fountain of youth nor are they a reason for abstainers to start drinking coffee, said Alice Lichtenstein, a Tufts University nutrition expert who was not involved in the research. "But when the data were looked at more carefully, and more factors were controlled for, and more contemporary methods of producing the coffee and consuming the coffee were taken into consideration, it seems not only were those potential negative effects not corroborated, but it turns out that a lot of positive effects of coffee were identified".

And she notes that it's a rare treat when there's something that feels good and actually is good for us. So, the benefit of drinking more than 8 cups of coffee over around 4 may be small. "Or at least not be bad", she said.

Previous studies have found coffee drinkers have a 15 percent lower risk of death and are less likely to die from respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Coffee lovers around the world are enjoying their cup of brew a little bit more today.


That means, for example, if you're adding 500 calories of cream and sugar to a coffee beverage the size of a Big Gulp, you might want to keep an eye on that.

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