Coffee is Good for You

Say it ain’t so!

Los Angeles Times:

If you’re the type of person who needs at least one cup of coffee to get out of the house in the morning and a few more to make it through the day, you might think the best thing about java is that it keeps you awake.

But new research suggests that’s just a bonus. The best thing about your coffee habit might be that it extends your life by reducing your risk of death from heart disease, diabetes or even cancer.

Two large studies published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that the more coffee a person drank, the lower his or her risk of early death. The results were largely consistent among more than 700,000 study participants from a variety of racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

And get this: The inverse relationship between coffee consumption and death held up even for people who drank decaf.

I used to drink at least four cups of coffee a day but dialed it back to two or three several months ago. No particular reason; just got busier, I guess. In light of these studies, though, it can’t hurt to start drinking at least four a day again!

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