Coffee as Life Extender?

There may be yet another reason to drink coffee.  Two new studies are out, as explained by Dr. Jon Lapook, the chief medical correspondent for CBS. 

Research has suggested that coffee may protect people from problems like diabetes and liver disease, and may even lead to longer life.

Lapook says, compared to drinking no coffee, people drinking one cup daily had a 12% lower risk of dying.

Those drinking two to three cups had an 18% lower risk of dying over the sixteen years of the study.  And, that it extends to drinking both regular and decaf.

The benefit was seen regardless of whether people drank regular or decaffeinated coffee, according to the researchers, suggesting the effect comes from the coffee itself, not caffeine.

The research only shows an association and cannot prove that coffee leads to a longer life.   

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