Coffee lovers, rejoice! The New York Times Well blog reported this past week that drinking coffee can help lower your risk of premature death…good news, huh? They followed 300,000 people for up to 30 years and found that coffee drinking was linked to reduced risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, neurological diseases, and suicide. They didn’t definitively prove that drinking coffee caused the reduced risk, but compared to “abstainers,” coffee drinkers had up to a 15% reduced risk of premature death.
Since this study doesn’t prove causality, some could say (and did, in the comments) that this article proves nothing, but I liked what one particular commenter had to say: “I’ll just file this article under ‘might help, couldn’t hurt.'” It just proves to me that if you want to adopt healthier habits, your efforts would be better aimed towards things that are proven to improve your health, such as eating healthy, being active, getting good sleep, and reducing stress, rather than cutting out coffee (exactly something that Gretchen Rubin pointed out in her book Better Than Before).
So drink a cup of joe this weekend (or a few cups) – it’s good for ya!
PS – you can always see a few of my favorite NYC coffee spots in my NYC Guide – just click on “coffee shops” under the “Attractions” drop down!
Nice to hear while I’m drinking my coffee!
I’m reading this while I sit here drinking my Starbucks coffee 🙂
Perfect timing 🙂
Yup. That “Brain Maker” book I keep rattling off about cites over and over how coffee combats neurological illnesses (or is at least an abstainer as you said). Now, if only caffeine didn’t trigger migraines! Whomp whomp… 🙁 Bless whom ever makes decaf lattes!
Yeah, the article said that decaf or caffeinated didn’t matter – both types of coffee showed the same benefits!