Moderate coffee drinking raises your chances of a long life

Two or three cups of coffee per day will do you more good than you think
Moderate coffee drinking raises your chances of a long life
By Lubna Hamdan
Thu 19 Nov 2015 11:42 AM

Drinking two or three cups of coffee per day may reduce your risk of death from heart disease and other illnesses, reported the American Heart Association (AHA) Journal.

According to a study conducted by the AHA, people who drink moderate amounts of coffee daily —less than 5 cups per day — experience a lower risk of deaths from cardiovascular and neurological diseases, Type 2 diabetes, and suicide.

The results included caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, suggesting that it’s not the caffeine behind the health perks but the natural compounds in the coffee beans.

Dr. Ming Ding, the study’s first author, explained that the compounds found in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation, though more studies are needed to further investigate the effects.

The AHA revealed that the study findings were based on data from three large ongoing studies: 74,890 women in the Nurses’ Health Study; 93,054 women in the Nurses’ Health Study 2; and 40,557 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

The researchers assessed coffee drinking - every four years - using food questionnaires and followed participants for 30 years.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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