4 Coffees a Day May Mean Early Death
Women drinkers have double the normal mortality rate
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2013 4:45 PM CDT
A person reaches for a cup of coffee before a meeting in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

(Newser) – Drinking several cups of joe a day may cut your risk of suicide, but it might just kill you anyway. A new study has linked heavy coffee drinking—that's 28 cups a week, or four per day—with a higher death risk in those under 55. Women who guzzled the brew were twice as likely to die, while the male risk jumped 56%, USA Today reports. Over 55? Drink three or less cups a day? You're safe to sip away, researchers say. The study also found heavy coffee drinkers were more likely to smoke and had less healthy hearts and lungs.

The study analyzed nearly 45,000 people, aged 20 to 87, and found 2,500 had died after 17 years, though coffee's precise role isn't clear. "The exact mechanism between coffee and mortality still needs clarification," a co-author told the Guardian, though the habit may be associated with a poor diet or sleeping late. But "dietary factors, marital status and other socioeconomic factors that were not adjusted for in this study may account for some or all of these observations," a doctor said. Until more research can be done, "avoid excessive coffee drinking," says the study's lead author.

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Rational.-Anarchist
Aug 18, 2013 6:36 PM CDT
I'm 25, drink 15-20 cups a day,plus a pint of whiskey, & have had only one heart attack! What's the big deal?
hog_one
Aug 17, 2013 6:01 PM CDT
Let''s see, I'm 64 years old, I've been drinking 5 to 6 cups of coffee per day for about 50 years. I have cut my smoking back from 2 packs a days, down to a pack every three days. But again I have been smoking for about 48 years. I just had a check-up and my Doctor said that he was very surprised by the state of my health, after all the bad years of bad habits. My blood pressure is excellent along with my pulse and I can still run a sub 8 min. mile at my age. But I don't feel like commenting suicide.
Devo74
Aug 17, 2013 2:50 PM CDT
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