Coffee Drinkers Rejoice!

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All our Healthy Fit coffee drinkers out there will be excited to hear this — a new study shows coffee drinkers may live longer.

The report, recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine is the largest study done on coffee drinkers known to date. It analyzed the coffee drinking habits of more than 40,000 men and women ages 50-71 over 14 years.

The results show that risk of dying was about 10 percent lower for men and 15 percent lower for women who drank anywhere between 2-6 cups of coffee a day, and it didn’t make a difference whether it was caffeinated or decaffeinated.

However, Neal Freedman, the study’s lead author, explained that the study shows only an association between coffee consumption and lower risk for disease, so it isn’t known whether drinking more coffee will lead to better health, in the New York Times.

“It’s a modest effect,” he told the New York Times. “But the biggest concern for a long time has been that drinking coffee is a risky thing to do. Our results, and some of those of more recent studies, provide reassurance for coffee drinkers that this isn’t the case. The people who are regularly drinking coffee have a similar risk of death as nondrinkers, and there might be a modest benefit.’’

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