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Does drinking coffee help us live longer? Maybe...

I saved a link back to this article about the  benefits of drinking coffee from a few days back.  Checking this out is a great exercise in reading the fine print before you start chugging cup after cup.  Here are a few excerpts:

Coffee Linked to Lower Death Risk

By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today

Published: May 16, 2012

Java lovers, take heart. A large prospective study suggests that – far from being bad for your health – that steaming cuppa is actually associated with a lower risk of death.

Analysis of a large prospective study of more than 400,000 people found that men who drank four to five cups of coffee daily reduced their risk of death over a 13-year period by 12%, while women’s risk dropped by 16%, according to Neal Freedman, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute, and colleagues…

BUT…

Freedman and colleagues cautioned that the study could not prove that coffee is good for you.

WHAT?  But I thought the paragraph above said that both men and women cut their risk of dying by drinking coffee…

“It may be that there’s something that goes along with coffee-drinking that’s affecting our results that we couldn’t take into account in our analysis,” Freedman told MedPage Today

…The bottom line, Sandon said, is to “stop smoking, be more physically active, eat your fruits, veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats, and a little coffee doesn’t appear to hurt.”

“If you are not a coffee drinker, this study is not a good enough reason to start,” commented Cheryl Williams, RD, of Emory Heart & Vascular Center in Atlanta.

After you read the article (CLICK-HERE), see if you agree with me that the article’s headline is misleading.

Several recent studies have shown drinking coffee can help prevent certain types of cancer.  But according to researchers, this didn’t show-up in the stats.

So I guess if you like coffee, go ahead and drink it.   If you don’t, skip it.  The bottom line:  This seems like a lot of steam and not a lot of substance…

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

 

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