This interesting title is based off of a recent study done by the New England Journal of Medicine, which suggests that drinking coffee may decrease the likeliness of dying from many different health problems. These include diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, infections and (surprisingly) injuries and accidents.
The study that was conducted in 1995 and 1996 with 229,119 men and 173,141 women who were in the American Association of Retired Persons or AARP program (meaning that the participants are older), results are just being released. The National Institutes of Health inspected the health and diet information from the participants. The problem that the researchers found was that there were many other variables when comparing the effects of coffee in the group that was being studied. Many of the men and women had bad health habits such as smoking, not exercising, poor diets, and drinking alcohol. After the researchers accounted for those variables, the information that found was: the more coffee that a person consumed the less likely they were to die from health conflicts.
The study was conducted and researched for fourteen years and the results were pretty impressive. Men in the study were 10 percent less likely to die, while women were 15 percent less likely. I personally like the fact that during the study it didn’t seem to matter if the coffee was caffeinated or decaffeinated.
Don’t get too excited though, Neal D. Freedman, the study’s main author cautioned that the affiliation between coffee drinking and the lower risk for disease is just that. Just disease. It hasn’t been proven that consuming more coffee will make you live longer or have better health. Dr. Freedman stated that “It’s a modest effect”, “But the biggest concern for a long time has been that drinking coffee is a risky thing to do. Our results, and some of those of more recent studies, provide reassurance for coffee drinkers that this isn’t the case. The people who are regularly drinking coffee have a similar risk of death as nondrinkers, and there might be a modest benefit.”
The study also looked at the link between coffee consumption and cancer risk. The results showed that there was none. The only thing that it showed was that there was a slightly higher risk of cancer death in the male participants ,but the effect was small.
The next step that Dr. Freedman suggest to take is looking at the different compounds in coffee and see how they react to general health. Dr. Freedman said that:“It’s estimated there are 1,000 or more compounds in coffee, all of these could affect health in different ways. It might be due to one of the many compounds in coffee, or a number of them working together.”
Do you think that these results could have been skewed in any way? Do you think that any of the compounds in coffee could be beneficial to human health? Do you believe that coffee can decrease the risks of all of the different health problems?
I say better be safe than sorry, so drink up!