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Study finds drinking coffee can cut risk of early death

Study finds drinking coffee can cut risk of early death

The British Medical Journal found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers in coffee drinkers, but couldn't prove it was directly related to coffee, reports the BBC.

DRINKING three daily cups of coffee is good for your health, a definitive study claims.

But it's not all doom and gloom for coffee lovers.

High coffee consumption also halved gout risk and reduced the likelihood of type 2 diabetes by a third.

"I think now we can be reasonably reassured that overall, coffee drinking is a safe habit", Dr Eliseo Guallar, Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, mentioned in his editorial which accompanied the study.

Drinking as many as seven cups a day was found to be beneficial. To better comprehend its benefits Robin Poole-A Health Specialist at the University of Southampton-Britain conducted a research in an "umbrella review" of two hundred and one studies based on observational findings and seventeen studies based on clinical analysis throughout different countries and all cultures.

Regular consumption of americanos, lattes or frothy cappucinos is associated with a lower risk of death and heart disease compared to not drinking the black stuff at all.

"Coffee drinking appears safe within usual patterns of consumption", the researchers concluded in their study, published in the British Medical Journal on November 22. The greatest benefit was seen for liver conditions, like cirrhosis.

The BMJ said that to three to four cups of coffee a day is categorised as a moderate intake - 400mg or less per day.

While its consumption is still linked to harm in pregnancy, it has shown "beneficial associations" with rates of Parkinson's disease and depression.

Gender also influences the effects of coffee.

"The evidence suggests three to four cups a day is the ideal amount". However, when too much caffeine is consumed, it may take a toll on the body. "That may be a simple question, but as with most things dietary related, there isn't a simple answer", said Dr Amelia Lake of Teesside University. Finally, coffee is often consumed with products rich in refined sugars and unhealthy fats, 'and these may independently contribute to adverse health outcomes, ' he adds.

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