You can enjoy your cup of morning joy happy in the knowledge that it may be the key to living a longer life, the conclusion following the release of a new study from Spanish researchers suggesting that higher coffee consumption is linked to a lower risk of death.
Tracking the health of 20,000 participants over the course of about 10 years the findings suggest that those who drink at least four cups of coffee per day had a 64% lower risk of death than those who did not consume, or hardly consumed, coffee.
Even better news if for those aged 45 and older who were shown to have a 30% lower chance of death if they drank two additional cups of coffee per day.
The study as concluded by the Hospital de Navarra in Pamplona was presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona.
A leading cardiologist at the hospital, Dr. Adela Navarro, has stated that the findings suggest that four cups could be the staple of a healthy diet.
This study follows further the release of a recent study suggesting that drinking coffee could reduce your risk of cancer, stroke, heart and liver disease.
The study, which was carried out by the Annals of Internal Medicine and published by the American College of Physicians, lasted 16 years and examined the relationship between coffee-drinking and mortality.
The research, which collected date from people over the age of 35, suggested that drinking three cups a day is generally linked to a lower risk of death.
A second study was also released in the journal, and examined the intake of about 186,000 people who were black, Native Hawaiian, white, Japanese, American and Latino.
In a statement, Veronica W. Setiawan, lead author of the study and an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, said:
“Seeing a similar pattern across different populations gives stronger biological backing to the argument that coffee is good for you whether you are white, African-American, Latino or Asian.”
She added: “We cannot say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association.”
The only question is does this mean that drinking eight cups is the secret to eternal life? Us caffeine addicts live in hope.