Science is your new excuse to lounge in a coffee shop all day or stay at home with an entire pot of Joe for yourself.
Numerous studies have surfaced over the past few years covering the association between regular coffee drinking and longevity. The latest research hones in on coffee’s effect on colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. According to statistics cited in the study, there are currently about 1.4 million Americans now living with colorectal cancer.
The new study, published in Gastroenterology, has linked regular coffee consumption with a lower risk of death from colorectal cancer among patients in various stages of the disease.
The study surveyed nearly 1600 females diagnosed with stage one, two or three colorectal cancer. The researchers found that colorectal cancer patients who drank at least four cups of coffee each day were half as likely to die of colorectal cancer than their non-coffee-drinking peers.
Additionally, the coffee drinkers had a 30 percent lower risk of any cause of death. Any patient who regularly drank two or more cups of coffee experienced a reduced risk of mortality.
Even patients who began to drink two or more cups regularly after being diagnosed with colorectal cancer had a reduced risk of death. Among this group, those with stage 3 cancer experienced the most potent benefits from coffee, as compared with patients in earlier stages.
For each cup of coffee consumed, these patients experienced about a 20 percent lower risk in any cause of death, including colorectal cancer.
Mo’ Coffee, Less Problems
As with findings from previous studies exploring the health benefits of coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated varieties of coffee lower the risk of mortality from the leading causes of death, including colorectal cancer. Scientists have yet to pinpoint how regular coffee consumption supports longevity accurately, but the authors of the study suggested coffee’s anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its ability to offset insulin resistance, counteracted the health risks of maintaining a conventional western diet.
These results confirm the conclusions of studies published last year that found that coffee drinkers live longer than non-coffee drinkers. One investigation found that regular male coffee drinkers who have suffered a heart attack were less likely to die from cardiac disease.
Another more comprehensive study that included both men and women corroborated the versatility of regular coffee consumption for health, concluding that even a single cup of coffee each day could reduce your risk of some of the leading causes of death — heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes — by 12 percent. Three or more cups of coffee lowered the risk by almost 20 percent. Even coffee drinkers who added cream and sugar experienced the same health benefits.
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