Women drinking six cups of coffee a day are 15 per cent less likely to die than non-coffee drinkers
Coffee drinkers may live longer according to new research which found caffeine consumers were less likely to die during a 14 year study.
While coffee-drinking men were 10 per cent less likely to die compared to non-coffee drinkers, there were 15 per cent fewer deaths for women drinking six cups or more a day.
‘Given the observational nature of our study, it is not possible to conclude that the inverse relationship between coffee consumption and mortality reflects cause and effect,’ says lead author Dr Neal Freedman, from the National Cancer Institute, USA.
‘However, we can speculate about plausible mechanisms by which coffee consumption might have health benefits.’
The findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine show that women drinking two or three cups of coffee a day were five per cent less likely to die compared to non drinkers and this increased to 16 per cent for those drinking four or five.
The effects of coffee were seen across almost all causes of death including heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes and infections.