Can Coffee Really Help You Live Longer?

November 18, 2015

7:00 pm

If there’s one thing we know about entrepreneurs, it’s that they love their coffee. As somebody who doesn’t actually drink coffee, it’s always been a little weird for me to observe this obsession from the outside, but then again I suppose we all have our vices. Who am I to dissuade people from drinking what they want to drink?

As it turns out, NPR released an article recently that says people who drank “three to five cups of coffee per day had a lower risk of premature death than those who didn’t drink” any coffee. It’s all based on a study conducted by the Association of Coffee Consumption.

NPR quotes one of the study authors, Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health, as saying, “In our study, we found people who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 15 percent lower [risk of premature] mortality compared to people who didn’t drink coffee.”

They went on to ask Willett more questions about the study, and we posted some of his answers here. Make sure to check out the article for the full interview with Willett:

NPR: So, what do you think might explain this association? In the study, you point to compounds in coffee — such as lignans, quinides and magnesium — that may help reduce insulin resistance and inflammation. Prior studies have pointed to these as well.

Walter Willett: We’re not sure exactly how coffee is [linked] to all these benefits. The coffee bean itself is loaded with many different nutrients and phytochemicals. And my guess is that they’re working together to have some of these benefits. We [see] similar benefits from caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. That’s important, because it suggests that caffeine is not responsible for [the benefit].

NPR: So this may be welcome news to people who drink decaf?

Willett: Yes, because too much [caffeinated] coffee can cause insomnia and loss of sleep, and that’s not a good thing!

NPR: In this study, you also analyzed how coffee influenced the risk of specific diseases — or categories of diseases. What did you find?

Willett: We went beyond total mortality and looked at specific causes of death. And we found that people who drink moderate amounts of coffee have lower risk of [death] from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurologic disease [such as Parkinson’s] and suicide.

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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America's Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He's the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he's off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing...or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach. Follow Will on Twitter @WJS1988

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