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Drinking coffee leads to a longer life, cuts risk of heart disease: Study

According to study who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 percent less likely to die earlier

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

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Drinking could lead to a longer life, according to a new study reported by researchers at the University of Southern (USC).

In a study of more than 180,000 participants, the researchers found that people who drank regular or decaffeinated experienced benefits, such as increased longevity.

The researchers report in the journal Annals of Internal that people who consumed a cup of a day were 12 percent less likely to die earlier compared to those who didn't drink This association was even stronger for those who drank two to three cups a day -- 18 percent reduced chance of death.

Lower mortality was present regardless of whether people drank regular or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting the association is not tied to

Drinking was also found to be associated with a lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory and kidney disease. The study participants were followed up on the average for 16 years.

Claimed to be the largest of its kind, the study had ethnically diverse participants who included African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Latinos and whites. "Such investigations are important because patterns and disease risks can vary substantially across racial and ethnic backgrounds, and findings in one group may not necessarily apply to others."

Since the association (between drinking and longer life) was seen in four different ethnicities, it is safe to say the results apply to other groups, the authors claim. "Seeing a similar pattern across four different populations gives stronger biological backing to the argument that is good for you whether you are white, African-American, Latino or Asian."

According to the authors, although this study does not show what in may have this beneficial effect, it is clear that "can be incorporated into a healthy diet and lifestyle".

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 03:38 IST
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