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Drinking coffee may lower risk of death: Study

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 18th September, 2022 01:55:02 PM
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A new study has found that in comparison to non-coffee drinkers, adults who drank moderate amounts (1.5 to 3.5 cups per day) of unsweetened coffee or coffee sweetened with sugar were less likely to die during a 7-year follow-up period. The results for those who used artificial sweeteners were less clear. The findings are published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, The Statesman reported.

Researchers from Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China used data from the UK:

More than 171,000 participants from the UK without known heart disease or cancer were asked several dietary and health behaviour questions to determine coffee consumption habits. The authors found that during the 7-year follow-up period, participants who drank any amount of unsweetened coffee were 16 to 21 percent less likely to die than participants who did not drink coffee.

They also found that participants who drank 1.5 to 3.5 daily cups of coffee sweetened with sugar were 29 to 31 percent less likely to die than participants who did not drink coffee. The authors noted that adults who drank sugar-sweetened coffee added only about 1 teaspoon of sugar per cup of coffee on average.

Based on this data, clinicians can tell their patients that there is no need for most coffee drinkers to eliminate the beverage from their diet but to be cautious about higher-calorie specialty coffees.