With 83% of Americans drinking coffee daily, it's safe to safe coffee is one of the most popular beverages on a worldwide scale. This beverage is loved for its robust flavor and caffeinated kick that can be consumed in a variety of ways. A new study may encourage the dedicated coffee drinkers to lessen their daily dose due to the potential health side effects.
The results of a study performed from 1971-2002 found that drinking four or more cups of coffee a day led to higher death risks among people age 55 and younger than drinking fewer cups or none at all.
The research studied 43,727 in that 31-year period and found men who consumed that heavy amount were 56% more likely to die from any disease, while women’s risk increased twofold.
The correlation between age and mortality was not clear, but researchers speculate that perhaps the discrepancy is due to the fact that unhealthy older people could not have been included if they had already passed away.
Research On The Health Affects Of Caffeine
Previous studies had conflicted on whether or not drinking coffee was good for health. Some studies showed that the caffeine in coffee increased heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar leading to disease. Other studies concluded that the antioxidants in coffee provided a health benefit.
Another study found that people aged 50-71 who drank coffee had an increased life expectancy than those who drank no coffee at all and found an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and risk of death: the more coffee consumed, the lower the risk of death.
More research is needed to solve the conflicting study reports, but in the meantime, perhaps avoiding excessive consumption could be best.
“From our study, it seems safe to drink one to three cups of coffee a day,” said the study’s second co-author Xuemei Sui, an assistant professor of exercise science at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. “Drinking more than four cups of coffee a day may endanger health.”
These studies help inform us about how much coffee is too much. if you're looking for another alternative for your usual cup of Joe, try incorporating tea into your daily routine. If you have any concerns regarding your health, contact us!