1. Post #1
    I like the news
    Dennab
    July 2009
    3,373 Posts
    By JoNel Aleccia

    Coffee drinkers who worry about the jolt of java it takes to get them going in the morning might just as well relax and pour another cup.

    That’s according to the largest-ever analysis of the link between coffee consumption and mortality, which suggests that latte lovers had a lower risk of death during the study period.

    “I would say it offers some reassurance to coffee drinkers,” said Neal Freedman, a nutritional epidemiology researcher at the National Cancer Institute. “Other studies have suggested a higher risk of mortality with coffee drinking and we didn’t see that in our study.”

    In fact, men who drank at least six cups of coffee a day had a 10 percent lower chance of dying during the 14-year study period than those who drank none. For women, the risk was 15 percent lower, according to Freedman’s work, published in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

    Reassuring, indeed, for hard-core coffee drinkers like Spencer Turer, who guzzles four to six cups of coffee every day for personal consumption -- and sips between 75 and 300 cups more as part of his job as a professional coffee taster.

    “It’s good news for all coffee drinkers because we can feel really good about the decisions we’re making,” said Turer, director of coffee operations for the firm Coffee Analysts, which provides unbiased scientific review of coffee products. “People concerned about the health effects may choose to drink more coffee.”

    Overall, in the U.S. about 64 percent of adults drink coffee daily, according to Joe DeRupo, spokesman for the National Coffee Association. At 3.2 cups a piece, that amounts to some 479 million cups a day, agency figures indicate.

    Those coffee fans can take the new results seriously. The mortality reduction is modest but solid, said Freedman, whose study offered the size and power to document associations other researchers had only suspected.

    He and his team in NIC’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics reviewed the coffee habits of more than 402,000 people followed between 1995 and 2008, including more than 52,000 who died.

    They included some 229,000 men and more than 173,000 women ages 50 to 71 who agreed to take part in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, which tracked comprehensive lifestyle questionnaires filled out by people in six states and two metropolitan areas.

    Freedman’s analysis centered on healthy people; those with cancer, heart disease and stroke were excluded from the review.

    “We didn’t know what to expect,” recalled Freedman. “There have been a lot of studies and the results have been mixed.”

    Previous studies suggested that coffee might contribute to heart disease; others found similar results to Freedman’s, that coffee actually cut the risk of death. Initially, even Freedman’s study indicated a higher risk of death among coffee drinkers, but only because so many of them smoked cigarettes, too.

    “It was only after we took into account people’s smoking that the association, the inverse association, revealed itself,” he said. “Smoking has a really strong association with death.”

    Drinking six or more cups of coffee a day cut mortality risk the most, but not by much. People who drank between two and five cups of coffee daily also appeared to have lower risk, the study showed. Whether the coffee contained caffeine or not didn't seem to matter.

    It's not clear whether -- or where -- the mortality effect tops out, but Freedman wasn't advising anyone to gulp 12 cups a day to test the theory.

    The link to lower mortality held up whether researchers considered total deaths or deaths from specific diseases and other causes – except for cancer. When it came to cancer, deaths were slightly higher among male coffee drinkers.

    Why? “We don’t know,” Freedman said.

    The researchers also couldn’t say whether the lower risk of death could be because sick people and those with chronic diseases don’t tend to drink coffee.

    Freedman is quick to emphasize that his study is an observational study, so it can note apparent ties between coffee drinking and decreased risk of death, but it can’t say whether coffee is the cause.

    It might not even be the coffee itself that engenders the effect. Perhaps there's something about the act of making, serving or drinking coffee that protects people from death. It may be a soothing ritual, for instance, or it could engender more social contact, acts associated with lower risk of death.

    Of course, there could be something beneficial about the drink itself, antioxidants, perhaps, or other elements that experts haven't detected yet.

    "Coffee has more than 1,000 compounds and we really don't know what effects those compounds have on health," he said.

    The study will be cheered as excellent news by coffee drinkers, especially healthy people and those in the six-cups-a-day crowd. But Freedman urges others to check with their doctors and use common sense.

    “I don’t want people to read this and say, ‘Oh, I’m going to drink more coffee because I don’t want to die,’” he said. “We just don’t know whether it’s cause or effect.”
    i already drink a pot of coffee every day (Drinking coffee right now infact) so this is good news!

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  2. Post #2
    Too bad your teeth will be piss yellow by the time you die.
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  3. Post #3
    Better get drinking. Coffee is amazing.
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    holy shit just fire that statistician
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  6. Post #6
    Dennab
    May 2007
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    I've been drinking coffee almost every day since about grade 3, I'm now in my last year of highschool I have a mean coffee addiction (if I don't get it in the morning I get headaches and super irritable). Oh, and I'm short lol
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    July 2009
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    Too bad your teeth will be piss yellow by the time you die.
    Simple solution.
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    June 2006
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    This is completely random at best

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    Bat-shit's Avatar
    October 2010
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    Coffee is bad.
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    October 2005
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    I used to drink 3-4 cups of coffee a day. Now I can't drink any because the acids in it hurt the fuck out of my kidneys :(
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    December 2007
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    I've only had coffee once and it wasn't my thing, I only really drink tea now and then if its offered.
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    April 2007
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    If caffeine was widely distributed for consumption in a concentrated powder form it would be considered a "hard drug" alongside cocaine :P

    It's a pretty good drug (just like coca), and coffee is a great way to take it!

    Recently I've taken more to drinking Yerba Mate as it provides a more relaxed yet still energised vibe with no crash as opposed to how coffee tends to hit me with a quick buzz that seems to deteriorate far quicker.
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    April 2009
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    Too bad your teeth will be piss yellow by the time you die.
    If only there was some device I could use to brush with!
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    September 2009
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    drink atleast six 250ml diet energy drinks erryday.
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    I will huff and puff and FLIP YOUR FUCKING TABLES
    Lyokanthrope's Avatar
    October 2005
    7,133 Posts
    I strongly dislike coffee.
    Which is a shame, because it smells so GOOD.
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    August 2005
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    I wonder if those articles are peer reviewed or also reviewed by an expert statistician.

    Also the methodology and analysis seem to have such a huge impact on the conclusion with social and medical sciences, given the fact that there's so many articles contradicting each other.

  17. Post #17
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    September 2008
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    At least the researchers admits its an observational study, no concrete evidence whatsoever.
    Kinda like saying you have a longer life if you own a car, it's by no means actual fact, just that people could simply be having longer lives because if they can afford 6 cups of coffee a day they can probably afford stuff like better healthcare and stuff.
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    October 2010
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    I strongly dislike coffee.
    Which is a shame, because it smells so GOOD.
    Same with snus.

    I love sniffing snus cases, smells almost like tea, but I don't like how people stick it in their mouths.
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    Valor
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    Now if they find something in coffee that correlates to this, that's a whole different story.

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    Positive energy is space expanding, negative energy is space contracting. Or reverse?
    onebit's Avatar
    July 2005
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    Maybe it's not the coffee, but the lifestyle.
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    October 2008
    3,259 Posts
    I drink 3 cups of coffee a day, yay 5% longer living.

  22. Post #22
    RainbowStalin's Avatar
    July 2011
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    I know someone who drank about 6 cups a day.

    He can't drink it anymore becuase it fucked his heart up.
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    January 2010
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    Drunk Coffee once, never again hated the stuff.
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    November 2011
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    I can't trust science anymore. One day they will say that drinking a cup of coffee a day increases your chance at getting a heart attack by 10% then the next day drinking 6 cups of coffee a day is good for your health.
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    July 2008
    1,873 Posts
    here's the image that help out on what coffee does
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    March 2007
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    So that would make my chance of death about 90%?
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    If caffeine was widely distributed for consumption in a concentrated powder form it would be considered a "hard drug" alongside cocaine :P

    It's a pretty good drug (just like coca), and coffee is a great way to take it!

    Recently I've taken more to drinking Yerba Mate as it provides a more relaxed yet still energised vibe with no crash as opposed to how coffee tends to hit me with a quick buzz that seems to deteriorate far quicker.
    What are you talking about. You can buy caffeine pills which you can crush up and snort if you want. I did it as a dare and its lame, its a shitty drug compared to most other drugs.

    Edited:

    here's the image that help out on what coffee does
    .
    Wasn't the increased memory performance proved wrong?

  28. Post #28
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    February 2005
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    In fact, men who drank at least six cups of coffee a day had a 10 percent lower chance of dying during the 14-year study period than those who drank none
    ok so if maybe lots of those men died because of a freak accident or anything not related to their general health during those 14 years then how valid is this study?? correlation = not causation
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    February 2007
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    oh that balances my smoking habit just perfect then!
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    Dennab
    September 2008
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    So wait, I drink 8-12 cups a day, does that mean I am invincible?
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    I drink the odd cup, usually not at home but when i'm off out.

    I drink like 4-5 cups of tea a day though? I'm okay, right?

    Right?

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    July 2008
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    you have a 20% of not dying of a heart attack or a stroke

  33. Post #33
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    December 2006
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    But balance longer life against quality of life.

    I know if I was on 6 cups of coffee my sleep would be more disrupted than it already is, I'd be unable to get a good, unstimulated night's rest and be in a constant state of fatigue; necessitating more coffee in order to attempt to function as though I were sleeping enough.

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    January 2008
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    Drink 60 a day.

    IMMORTALITY
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    July 2011
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    So wait, I drink 8-12 cups a day, does that mean I am invincible?
    On the contrary you're putting your heart under a tonne of stress with all the caffeine.

  36. Post #36
    Dennab
    September 2008
    5,613 Posts
    On the contrary you're putting your heart under a tonne of stress with all the caffeine.
    True, but I traded nicotine for caffeine so I think I'm doing pretty well at this point

  37. Post #37
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    November 2008
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    Drunk Coffee once, never again hated the stuff.
    coffee doesn't have a uniform taste, also you should probably be executed.
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    koeniginator's Avatar
    October 2009
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    Chance of death decreases by 10%?
    Isn't it 100% no matter what?
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    July 2007
    2,337 Posts
    Who the hell drinks six cups a day?!
    I'm already amazed that people are able to drink those huge 1.5 liter Starbucks cups.
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    I myself only drink 2 a day, one when I wake up and one an hour or so before I go to sleep, that usually gets me feeling very happy and active during the day