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July 14, 2018 1 min read


Drinking coffee in moderation is good for your health but drinking a LOT of coffee is even better. 




By Geoffrey James

Contributing editor,

The National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and the Feinberg School of medicine at Northwestern University recently analyzed coffee-drinking data from the UKBioBank, a long-term study of half a million people in the UK aged 38 to 74.

The BioBank is a huge sampling, many orders of magnitude larger than most scientific studies. While it doesn't involve control groups, it does track the behavior and outcomes of more than enough people to draw connections.

The results, published in JAMA Internal Medicine and summarized in Popular Sciencemagazine were startling... 

Let's be clear on this point: what the research shows is a correlation not a causal connection. It's possible that people drink more coffee because their lifestyle is generally more healthy, hence they live longer. Possible but not likely, though, considering the weath of other evidence confirming that drinking coffee results in:

  • A 20% reduced risk of cancer.
  • A 20% reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes.
  • A 30% reduced risk of Parkinson's disease.
  • A 5% reduced risk of heart disease.

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