- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Java drinkers rejoice: Consuming coffee may lead to a longer life, researchers have determined.

A wide-ranging study on the effects of coffee on the human body found an association between regular drinkers and an increased life span.

In one of the largest studies ever on the topic, researchers followed over 500,000 people in 10 European countries for over 16 years. They found that compared to non-coffee drinkers, participants who had the highest coffee intake had lower all-cause mortality.

The study was published Tuesday in the medical journal the Annals of Internal Medicine.

“Coffee drinking was associated with reduced risk for death from various causes,” the study’s authors wrote. “This relationship did not vary by country.”

An accompanying study which focused on a smaller and more concentrated population — almost 200,000 people in Hawaii and Los Angeles — also found positive outcomes for coffees drinkers, concluding that higher consumption of coffee was associated with lower risk of death in blacks, Japanese-Americans, Latinos and whites, the authors wrote.

An editorial in the journal by researchers from Johns Hopkins University stressed that more research is needed, but for the most part, coffee drinking appears safe, CBS News reported.

“Recommending coffee intake to reduce mortality or prevent chronic disease would be premature,” the editorial read. “However, it is increasingly evident that moderate coffee intake up to 3 to 5 cups per day or caffeine intake up to 400 mg/d is not associated with adverse health effects in adults and can be incorporated into a healthy diet.”

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