The Independent has reported on new research found by drinking three to five cups of coffee a day, we might be able to increase our life span. Does that mean we can live longer just by drinking coffee? If that is the case we should be slurping it all up if we want to live for long. This does not mean we should be reliant on Starbucks everyday. The research suggests that there’s a link between regular consumption and reduced risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease – whether you go decaf or not.
The results come from three studies with a total of 208,501 health professionals, followed up for more than 20 years. One of the health experts Ming Ding, the PHD student who led the study by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, stated, “Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation. That could explain some of our findings. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanisms producing these effects.”
Overall, the study found that 31,956 of the 208,501 people studied had died during the 21 to 28 years they were followed up. There was a coalition between coffee drinking and risk of death. Compared to people who drank no coffee. However, Emily Reeve, told The Independent: “It is important to remember that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is what really matters if you want to keep your heart healthy, not how much coffee you drink.” She added, “Previous research suggests that drinking up to five cups of coffee a day is not harmful to your cardiovascular health, and this study supports that”. We need further research to apprehend what coffee really does to our body and what chemical is in coffee that may affect a person’s risk of a stroke.