Getting An Extra Shot On Life: Drinking Coffee Found To Lengthen Life In Major Study

Go ahead and have a second cup of Joe this morning . . . you might live longer. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that both men and women lived longer on average if they drank two or three cups of coffee a day. No, the study was not funded by Starbucks.

What I thought was most interesting is that it did not change between caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. For men, the difference was a ten percent advantage while for women it was a thirteen percent advantage.

The study was done by researchers at the National Cancer Institute. Here is another interesting fact. Americans drank 77.4 billion cups from June 30, 2011 to June 30, 2012 — roughly 64 percent of U.S. adults drink coffee every day while 73 percent drink it weekly.

The study itself was huge with more than 402,000 men and women participating.

My only question is when my HMO will cover my Starbuck’s Latte.

Source: Bloomberg

25 thoughts on “Getting An Extra Shot On Life: Drinking Coffee Found To Lengthen Life In Major Study”

  1. Javajavajavajavajava- Now I have an excuse for my habits! Woohoo! Of course, my stomach probably resembles Swiss cheese, but who cares? I <3 coffee!

  2. I dont care if you schmucks drink that speed but most of you who do so in public are slobs. I share a marina clubhouse with some boaters and boat dogs. Us dogs get yelled at for farting or whatnot but the coffee drinkers leave debris on the floor and counter, spill the brown glue on the floor and chairs and never clean up.

  3. Perhaps coffee-drinkers lead physically more active lives, have a greater and more active socially-near set of friends due to coffee drinking, etc.
    Causation, correlation—->long way to physiological proof, and even longer to proven chain of effects biochemically.

  4. PNN
    Of course you are right, as any reader of human studies would also point to.
    The problem here was they could not enough separately living identical twins to make the causation study.

  5. Given the notoriously bad quality of science reporting in the MSM I never use them for reference. Hence, I read the article in question ( Guess what, it does not say what you think it says. Here is a quote from its conclusion:
    “Given the observational nature of our study, it
    is not possible to conclude that the inverse relationship
    between coffee consumption and mortality
    reflects cause and effect.”

    Regarding that cause and effect comment see:

  6. I am tea drinker. I always thought that was healthier. Have been drinking some iced coffee lately. Maybe I need to ramp it up.

  7. This is such pleasant news. But that Tim Horton video upthread is not inspiring, IMO. Though Canucks love the stuff. Matter of fact most retail coffee is just too weak. I won’t go into chapter and verse, though we have an expresso machine (from which we are now separated for awhile) which I have had repaired once professionally, and repaired it myself two more times over about 7-8 years.

    True confessions, though I limit my intake and timing, I do get a bit edgy if I overdo.

  8. I’m probably immortal. Now if you’ll pardon me, I must put a little blood into my coffee system.

  9. We drink a lot of espresso … a lot. We have no trouble from the caffeine and no indigestion and now it looks like we’re going to be able to do so for many more years.

  10. I have read similar studies…… The real organic coffees causes less indigestion, for those prone and the the darker the roast the less caffeine……what I don’t understand is why it’s okay for decaffeinated coffee the be either water diluted or formaldehyded…

  11. Oro – had a similar problem when we lived near the Indian River in Florida. Heck there was even a huge orchard named “Indian River” & I can buy their stuff at the local store in MN. But in FL nothing! All the good stuff was shipped away.

  12. Somebody backing coffee is suspect in my book.
    I prefer chocalate. Somebody said that was good too.
    As for American coffee, you mean that ill-tasting brown water? It was so bad that they had to add various essences and other fancy trappings to get it sold.

    But then expresso is alright.

  13. Sometimes all I want is a cup of coffee that doesn’t taste crappy.

    Surprisingly — until you think about it — I had a difficult time finding a decent cup of coffee while visiting Colombia. Government policies result in most of the good stuff being exported. Chasing that hard currency.

  14. Since I have been mainlining the hard stuff for years (got my first espresso maker at 26, my own roaster around 40) this means I will live to 150 . . . right?

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