A new research presented at the ESC Congress shows that high coffee consumption is linked with a lower death risk. Coffee can be added to the healthy category according to this research that consisted of about 20,000 participants. “Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world,” said Dr Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain to Science Daily. “Previous studies have suggested that drinking coffee might be inversely associated with all-cause mortality but this has not been investigated in a Mediterranean country.”
The study was done to learn the link between coffee consumption and the risk of mortality in a middle-aged Mediterranean cohort. This study analysed 19,896 participants of an average age of 37.7 years. The participants even submitted a previously validated semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire which included collection of information like coffee consumption, lifestyle and socio demographic characteristics, anthropometric measurements, and previous health conditions.
The follow-up with the participants went on for a decade during which 337 of them died. The research developed that those who had at least four cups of coffee in a day had 64% lower mortality risk in comparison to those who did not have coffee at all.
The study also took factors like sex, age or adherence to the Mediterranean diet for causing influence on the association between drinking coffee and mortality. They found a link between coffee consumption and age. Those of at least 45 years of age who had two extra cups of coffee in a day had a 30% lower mortality risk.
Dr Navarro said: “In the SUN project we found an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of all-cause mortality, particularly in people aged 45 years and above. This may be due to a stronger protective association among older participants.”
She concluded: “Our findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people.”