Regular coffee intake 'can reduce risk of mortality'

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A major new study has indicated that regular coffee drinkers may be at a reduced risk of premature mortality.

The research, from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and Imperial College London, analysed data from more than half a million people across ten European countries to explore the effect of coffee consumption on risk of mortality.

“Regularly drinking coffee can reduce a person's risk of death from all causes, according to a new study.“

Higher levels of coffee consumption were shown to be associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes, particularly from circulatory diseases and diseases related to the digestive tract.

In a subset of 14,000 people, metabolic biomarkers were also assessed, revealing that coffee drinkers may have healthier livers overall and better glucose control than non-coffee drinkers.

The analysis indicated that decaffeinated coffee had a similar effect, though it was noted that many decaffeinated coffee drinkers may also have been consuming caffeinated coffee, making this issue hard to assess.

Lead author Dr Marc Gunter of the International Agency for Research on Cancer said: "Our results suggest that moderate coffee drinking - up to around three cups per day - is not detrimental to your health, and that incorporating coffee into your diet could have health benefits."

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