Higher Coffee Intake, Lower Mortality Rate

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This morning — more than ever — I wanted to write a fun and uplifting health article for you.

 

I just want to focus on something totally positive.

Each week I strive to write something uplifting for you, so that your confidence in your own health gets stronger and stronger and stronger and you have a growing sense of faith in your body’s ability to be resilient.

The world is a scary enough place… and if you are brave enough to read the news headlines, it can be down right terrifying.

Even in medicine and health… there are way too many scare tactics in health care as a whole.  Even alternative health and holistic health information can be cloaked in fear and doom and gloom and threats… everything can have a dire consequence, it seems.

Uh… no.  Wrong approach.

Health doesn’t work like that.

You can’t sustain positive change through fear.

 

 

The entire reason I was attracted to medicine and went to medical school is that I understood from an early age that health and healing should innately empower you…

…after all, healing means you feel better and better and better!

  

You can and should enjoy a natural sense of relief as your healing unfolds.

What could be more uplifting and exciting than seeing your health shift as you recover your Well Being?

 

 

So those are the eyes that I use to review the medical literature with each week — finding medical studies that give you healing ideas that are uplifting, proven, double blind, placebo studied — and work!

Truly there are so many new medical studies that are exciting and positive and uplifting that I literally can’t keep up with it all!

I don’t know why medical information is generally shared in such a negative way.

Honestly the medical literature is filled and overflowing with awesome things we can do to protect and enhance our health!

And here’s one for today:  more coffee = longer life.

 

As I type this up for you, I am sitting here drinking my morning coffee…

…which turns into two and three cups of coffee as the morning moves on.

 

So today’s medical study really jumped out at me — higher coffee intake is linked to a significantly lower risk of death…

…in not just one but two large medical studies.  Woot!

 

The Study (published in the Annals Of Internal Medicine on July 10, 2017):

  • Researchers looked at over half a millions patients (521,330 participants) in 10 different European countries
  • Researchers ranked participants by coffee consumption:  3+ cups of coffee per day, 1 – 2 cups of coffee per day, and non-coffee drinkers.
  • Researchers followed participants for over 16 years and analyzed mortality and cause-of-death data.

 

The Results:

  • Higher coffee intake was significantly correlated with lower death rates from many causes, particularly reducing mortality from digestive and circulatory diseases.
  • Drinking 3 or more cups of coffee a day reduced mortality from ALL causes by 12% for men and 7% for women.
  • Some causes of mortality were incredibly, strikingly reduced — for example, men who drank 3 cups of coffee or more a day had an almost 60% lower risk of death from digestive diseases than men who did not drink coffee.  Women had a 40% reduction in deaths from digestive disease.
  •  Women enjoyed a huge benefit from coffee drinking in terms of cardiovascular health — reducing risk of death from heart disease and stroke significantly.
  • Happily, the benefit was the same for decaffeinated coffee as for caffeinated coffee… so if you love the taste of coffee (or want the life span benefits of drinking coffee) but don’t want the caffeine rush or risk of caffeine addiction by drinking that many cups of coffee a day — decaf provided similar benefits.

 

 

Why?

 

Researchers found that the patients who drank coffee had better serum levels of many markers of health — lower levels of liver enzymes (a marker of liver health), lower levels of blood inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein (showing reduced inflammation in the body as a whole) and improved measurements of metabolic health (such as lower levels of lipoprotein A and glycated hemoglobin.)

 

 

Another recent study confirms that this benefit holds regardless of ethnic background.

 

Researchers looked at almost 200,000 patients from different ethnicities (including African American, Native Hawaiian, Japanese American, Latino, and whites) to look at all-cause mortality and coffee consumption.

After an average follow-up of 16 years, researchers found that any coffee intake at all (1 cup or more) was associated with a 12% reduction in all-cause mortality.

Coffee intake was associated with lower death rates for all causes, including: heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.  And again in this study, the benefits were statistically significant whether the coffee was caffeinated or decaf.

 

 

What else can coffee do?

 

Read these blog posts I’ve written in the past, alerting you to the health benefits of drinking your morning cup of Joe:

 

Hoping this news uplifts you this morning if you are a coffee lover like I am!

To your innate & totally resilient health flow… 

xoxoxox, Laura