Coffee found to be a good beverage for your health

by Dr. Alan Kadish

This is not by any measure a singular report that coffee can be a healthful beverage. This new study does an analysis that suggests that you reduce your risk of death due to cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, and suicide. They evaluated a total of 4.6 million person years of follow up. The number of people involved  in the study was huge at 31,900+. Of interest to us all….. the caffeinated form is shown to be better…… but decaff is also a good choice. 

I’d love to see a study that uses an organic form of coffee to reduce the confounding factors that make it a positive input in our diet. This report did not see an association with cancer deaths but….why not be safer.

Also consider what you add to the coffee drink. Sugar and other additives can change this drink from a positive to a negative so please consider the whole story.

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Association of Coffee Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in Three Large Prospective Cohorts

Background—The association between consumption of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee and risk of mortality remains inconclusive.

Methods and Results—We examined the associations of consumption of total, caffeinated, and decaffeinated coffee with risk of subsequent total and cause-specific mortality among 74,890 women in the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS), 93,054 women in the NHS 2, and 40,557 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Coffee consumption was assessed at baseline using a semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire. During 4,690,072 person-years of follow-up, 19,524 women and 12,432 men died. Consumption of total, caffeinated, and decaffeinated coffee were non-linearly associated with mortality. Compared to non-drinkers, coffee consumption one to five cups/d was associated with lower risk of mortality, while coffee consumption more than five cups/d was not associated with risk of mortality. However, when restricting to never smokers, compared to non-drinkers, the HRs of mortality were 0.94 (0.89 to 0.99) for ≤ 1 cup/d, 0.92 (0.87 to 0.97) for 1.1-3 cups/d, 0.85 (0.79 to 0.92) for 3.1-5 cups/d, and 0.88 (0.78 to 0.99) for > 5 cups/d (p for non-linearity = 0.32; p for trend < 0.001). Significant inverse associations were observed for caffeinated (p for trend < 0.001) and decaffeinated coffee (p for trend = 0.022). Significant inverse associations were observed between coffee consumption and deaths due to cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, and suicide. No significant association between coffee consumption and total cancer mortality was found.

Conclusions—Higher consumption of total coffee, caffeinated coffee, and decaffeinated coffee was associated with lower risk of total mortality.

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Dr. Kadish is an unusual physician often referred to as a "doctor detective". His expertise is the evaluation and treatment of complex disorders, typically after other physicians have been stumped, is renowned. He provides care for all family members and has additional training in autistic spectrum disorders and chronic complex diseases.