Every morning, when I reach for my second (or fifth) cup of coffee, I have this strange moment where I think to myself "how is this screwing up my body?"
Apparently, not that much. If anything, coffee may actually be helping my body out, according to new research which linked coffee consumption to longer lifespans.
In a study published in Circulation, the American Heart Association's scientific journal, the rate at which both men and women consumed coffee and their risk of mortality was examined, with their findings making coffee seem like some elixir for longevity.
Three different cohorts were examined, 74,890 women, 40,557 men, and another group of 93,054 women.
Across the board, the study concluded that participants who drank 3 to 5 cups of coffee per day saw "a lower risk of deaths from cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, Type 2 diabetes and suicide."
Specifically, coffee drinkers were 15% less likely to be at risk of a premature death than non-coffee drinkers.
This was directly compared to those who didn't drink coffee, in which no link to a lower mortality rates were found.
Anyone who exceeds 5+ cups of coffee a day (I know you're out there my kindred brethren) will be pleased to hear that drinking that much caffeine wasn't found to lead to a shorter lifespan, so feel free to keep on brewing.
And for the decaf-folks, while I totally don't approve of you sipping on a cup of Joe that lacks a respectable amount of caffeine, the study will please your brains too. Decaf coffee drinkers were also seen to benefit, with longer lifespans also reported.
As with all scientific studies, you do need to take these findings with a grain of salt. No real reason was given as to why coffee made folks live longer, and the researchers could very well have a biased towards coffee, wanting to paint the addictive beverage in a positive light.
But as a caffeine addict, I'm not going to think about all that and just be selective in my cognition and solely take away that "coffee will make me live longer," because I love coffee.