Learn More

Saturday, May 19, 2012

From Study, Coffee Drinkers Have Lower Risk of Death

minum kopi, drink coffe
(image source: khoiri-ludaiberbagi.blogspot.com)
You like coffee? Luckily for those of you who like coffee, because people who drink coffee have a lower risk of death. This statement is expressed directly in a study by researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and AARP. In that study, it is known that coffee may reduce the risk of death from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injury and accidents, diabetes, infections. However, there is no similar indication for cancer.

Neal Freedman, Ph.D., Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, NCI, and his colleagues examined the association between coffee drinking and risk of death in 400,000 US men and women ages 50 to 71 who participated in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. Information about coffee intake was collected once by questionnaire at study entry in 1995-1996. The participants were followed until the date they died or Dec. 31, 2008, whichever came first.

The results have shown an association between coffee consumption and risk reduction of death is increased. People who drink coffee three or more cups of coffee have a risk of death was 10% lower than that do not drink coffee. However, coffee drinking was not associated with cancer mortality among women, but there was a slight and only marginally statistically significant association of heavier coffee intake with increased risk of cancer death among men.

"Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in America, but the association between coffee consumption and risk of death has been unclear. We found coffee consumption to be associated with lower risk of death overall, and of death from a number of different causes," said Freedman. "Although we cannot infer a causal relationship between coffee drinking and lower risk of death, we believe these results do provide some reassurance that coffee drinking does not adversely affect health."

The investigators caution that coffee intake was assessed by self-report at a single time point and therefore might not reflect long-term patterns of intake. Also, information was not available on how the coffee was prepared (espresso, boiled, filtered, etc.); the researchers consider it possible that preparation methods may affect the levels of any protective components in coffee.

"The mechanism by which coffee protects against risk of death — if indeed the finding reflects a causal relationship — is not clear, because coffee contains more than 1,000 compounds that might potentially affect health," said Freedman. "The most studied compound is caffeine, although our findings were similar in those who reported the majority of their coffee intake to be caffeinated or decaffeinated."

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) leads the National Cancer Program and the NIH effort to dramatically reduce the burden of cancer and improve the lives of cancer patients and their families, through research into prevention and cancer biology, the development of new interventions, and the training and mentoring of new researchers. For more information about cancer, please visit the NCI Web site at http://www.cancer.gov or call NCI's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).

In addition, in Indonesia, giving coffee to children have a positive impact. Children who drink coffee have a strong immune system when high fever and convulsions diseases [authors].

This story has edited by authors of threelas
Source: NIH

  1. Furniture BloggerJune 2, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Marvelous! Good thing otherwise we'd have to change the name of coffee tables to something else. LOL

    Thanks from Stickley chairs

  2. Furniture BloggerJune 2, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Awesome! Good thing otherswise we'd need to re-name "coffee table" to something else! LOL

    Thanks from Stickley chairs