- The association between drinking coffee and mortality was seen among different races and education levels.
- A previous study showed that drinking four or more cups of coffee daily causes headaches, stomach upset, restlessness and a racing heartbeat.
Drinking coffee might help you live longer, a new study suggests.
Results show that death rates over a 13-year period among men and women who drank coffee decreased with a greater number of cups per day, up to six. The trend was seen for deaths from any cause, and from specific causes such as heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke and diabetes. This relationship, however, was not seen for those who died of cancer.
"We observed associations between coffee-drinking and a range of different causes of death, and across a number of different groups," said lead author Neal Freedman, of the National Institutes of Health. "The effect was seen in both men and women, those of different body weights, and in both former and never smokers."
The study showed an association, not a direct cause-effect relationship, between coffee and mortality rates.