Coffee brings more longevity, helps prevent heart disease, kidney, respiratory, cancers, stroke and even diabetes. It has been proven that the consumption of coffee has its benefits and the study that reveals it was made in more than 180 thousand people.
This research will be published this week in the specialized publication Annals of Internal Medicine, which was based on a study conducted in the United States among several ethnicities by the University of Hawaii and the Keck School of Medicine, California.
“We cannot say that drinking coffee prolongs life, but we see an association”, said Veronica Setiawan, a professor of preventive medicine and the lead author of this study, who notes that anyone who drinks a cup of coffee a day had 12% Chance of dying than those who do not drink.
For those who drink two or three cups, the risk of death is reduced by 18%, and there is no variation between those who drink decaffeinated coffee. “Coffee contains many antioxidants and compounds that play an important role in the prevention of cancer”, said the researcher, noting that the results do not allow the conclusion that coffee is a kind of elixir, but that “is part of a diet and style Healthy life”.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had recognized in the last year of 2016, after 25 years to associate coffee with bladder cancer, that the drink reduces the risk of liver and uterine cancer.
“There are people who fear that drinking coffee can be bad because it increases the risk of heart disease, stunts growth or leads to the onset of heartburn or ulcers, but research has shown that in general, it does not harm health”, he said.
Still, there is a clear contraindication in the consumption of very hot coffee, which the WHO warns may cause cancer in the esophagus.
All the people who participated in this study answered questions related to lifestyle, eating habits, clinical history and still habits of coffee consumption, which were updated for five years. Of the participants, 16% do not consume coffee, 31% drink one cup a day, 25% drink two to three and 7%, declared to drink four or more cups daily. The remaining 21% indicated non-standard intakes.
This trend has been found among African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, South Americans, Central Americans, and whites, leading scientists to believe that the habit extends to other ethnic groups.
“This study is the largest of its kind ever done and includes minorities with very different lifestyles”, Setiawan said.