More consumption of coffee leads to a longer life, reveal new studies published Monday. The findings resurfaced the centuries-old conversation on health effects of coffee.
One study revealed in 10 European countries more than 520,000 people are making it the largest study to date on mortality and coffee, and it is found that drinking more coffee lowers the risk of mortality.
The second study was focused on non-white populations. After surveying more than 185,000 African-Americans, Native Americans, Hawaiians, Japanese-Americans, Latinos and whites, the researchers found that coffee increases longevity in most races.
People who drank two to four cups a day had 18% lower risk of death in comparison to people who did not drink coffee, as per the study. These findings are consistent with majority white populations, said associate professor of preventative medicine, Veronica Wendy Setiawan, at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, who did the study on nonwhite populations.
“Given these diverse populations, with people having different lifestyles, they have different dietary habits and susceptibilities, yet there were similar patterns,” said Setiawan.
The new study shows there is a stronger biological possibility between coffee and longevity and found the mortality was related inversely to coffee consumption for heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
“We looked at multiple countries across Europe, where the population drinking coffee and preparing coffee is different,” said Marc Gunter, cancer epidemiology and prevention reader at Imperial College’s School of Public Health in the UK, who also co-authored the European study.
“The fact is that we noticed same relationships in different countries and there is something about coffee than the way it is prepared or the way it is taken,” he said.