A large US study finds that coffee lovers may live longer than those who do not drink it with a lower risk of early death due to heart disease. Most people think of coffee- drinking as a bad habit they need to break, but many studies have associated moderate coffee intake to lower risks of various diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, liver cancer, Alzheimer’s and neurological diseases e.g.
Parkinson’s. It is found that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop certain diseases and they tend to live longer. Nonsmokers, over 30 years, who drink about 3 cups of coffee a day have lower rates of death from stroke and heart disease, versus nondrinkers.
The study revealed that both regular coffee and decaf are linked to longer survival. The latest US dietary guidelines indicated that a healthy diet can include up to 3 cups of coffee a day; therefore the body of evidence suggests coffee can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. However, the overall lifestyle is the key, as a person who gets little sleep and uses coffee to function during the day cannot be the same with a person who sleeps well and eats a balanced diet that contains some coffee.
The new findings are based on years of evidence that coffee is not bad for health as many believe it is.
Nonetheless, you need to be careful about what you are adding to your coffee; milk is fine but watch the amount of heavy cream and sugar. Other research suggested that compounds in coffee can act as antioxidants, improve blood sugar regulation and reduce inflammation, among many others.
For many years coffee was considered unhealthy based on research in the 1970s and 1980s, which linked coffee to higher rates of heart disease and cancer, disregarding this can be due to the fact that coffee drinkers are more likely smokers.