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Two new studies linked coffee drinking to a lower mortality risk

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) -Coffee drinkers have a reason to jump for joe following two recent studies showing drinking coffee is associated with a reduced risk of death.

Two studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined the relationship among coffee drinkers and how they fared health-wise compared to non-drinkers.

The first study evaluated over 521,000 people in ten European countries. The authors of the study looked at coffee consumption and the biomarkers of liver function, inflammation, and metabolic health.

After studying coffee drinking habits, the authors followed up with the participants about 16.4 years later and found 41,693 had died during that time span.

The study found there was an inverse association on all-cause mortality, especially digestive mortality for men. For women, there was an inverse association of coffee drinking with circulatory disease.


The second study focused on non-white populations and coffee drinking. In total, 185,855 African Americans, Native Hawaiians, Japanese Americans, Latinos, and whites aged between 45-75-years-old were studied and filled out a survey on their coffee drinking habits.

After a 16-year follow up, researchers found those who drink one cup of joe per day had a 12 percent decrease in mortality. Those who consumed two to three cups reflected a reduction of 18 percent mortality risk. That 18 percent held study for those who drink 4 or more cups per day.

Interestingly, it didn't matter if the coffee was regular or decaf, the decreased mortality risks were still the same.

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