Millions of people have trouble getting their day started without that first cup of coffee. There’s nothing like the smell of coffee to awaken the senses first thing in the morning. As it turns out, coffee might do more for you than just get you up and moving. In fact, according to recent studies, it’s possible that the health benefits may actually prolong your life.
The Multiethnic Cohort Study, an endeavor put together and carried out by the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the Keck School of Medicine, revealed that coffee drinking has an association with reduced risk of kidney disease, heart disease, respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. Those who drank a cup of coffee a day had a 12% reduced risk of death compared to non-coffee drinkers, while people who drank 2-3 cups a day had an 18% reduced risk of death.
According to study author, V. Wendy Setiawan, there is no difference between whether the coffee is caffeinated or decaffeinated. The study has an ethnically diverse variety of participants, meaning white, African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, and Latino ethnic groups all benefitted similarly.
A lot of people drink coffee every day --- 62% in the United States alone according to the National Coffee Association. There are other studies to suggest that coffee may even help prevent liver disease or Parkinson’s, although there’s still no solid evidence to show cause and effect. However, Setiawan stated that this means coffee could become part of a healthy diet.
While over the years there’s been some debate about whether coffee is good for you or not, it seems the potential benefits are growing; as long as coffee drinkers don't overdo it with the cream and sugar. Looks like coffee can keep you going --- in more ways than one.