A new report suggests consuming coffee may reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes, and early death.
The study was featured at the annual European Society of Cardiology meeting last week. “To our knowledge, this is the largest study to systematically assess the cardiovascular effects of regular coffee consumption in a population without diagnosed heart disease,” said Dr. Judit Simon.
The researchers analyzed the caffeine consumption of over 400,000 Brits who contributed data to the United Kingdom Biobank organization. “Our results suggest that regular coffee consumption is safe, as even high daily intake was not associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes and all-cause mortality after a follow-up of 10 to 15 years,” said Simon.
“Moreover, half a cup to 3 cups of coffee per day was independently associated with lower risks of stroke, death from cardiovascular disease, and death from any cause.” The long-term study allowed researchers to assess a follow-up on participants over 10 years later. They found that light-to-moderate coffee consumers were 12% less likely to die from any cause, 17% less likely to succumb to cardiovascular disease, and 21% less likely to experience a stroke compared to non-coffee drinkers.
The researchers concluded, “The imaging analysis indicated that compared with participants who did not drink coffee regularly, daily consumers had healthier sized and better functioning hearts. This was consistent with reversing the detrimental effects of aging on the heart.”
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