Coffee may help you live longer

(excerpt from ABC News) - Drinking coffee is linked to a decreased risk of death, according to two large studies published Monday, July 9, 2017 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

One study examined the coffee-drinking patterns of more than 185,000 Americans over a 16-year period. The researchers found that regular coffee consumption was associated with lower risk of dying from all causes – and the more cups of coffee these subjects consumed per day, the greater this apparent benefit. And in fact, those who reported drinking four or more cups per day enjoyed an 18 percent decreased chance of death over the 16-year study period compared to those who said they did not drink coffee at all.

In a second study, researchers in Europe looked at more than 520,000 people across 10 countries over 16 years. This study, too, found that those who drank several cups of coffee a day had a lower risk of death, regardless of country.

Both studies took into account smoking and other factors that could have affected the results.

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