Another study in the "coffee is good for you" column
EC: Drinking Coffee Could Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke
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As a self-proclaimed coffee fiend, I’m always getting into debates with people about whether the drink is actually good or bad for your health, and I’m sure many can relate. For a lot of reasons, coffee is still one of the most hotly contested beverages. So here’s some news that will make fellow coffee addicts rejoice! A new study shows further evidence that java is good for you. For this study, scientists looked at data from a long-term study in 2012, conducted as a joint project by the National Institute of Health and AARP. The new findings indicate that drinking coffee is actually linked to a 7 percent decrease in heart failure and an 8 percent decrease in stroke for each cup had per week… Which means I’m about to live forever, right? Right?

As reported by CNN back in 2012, the NIH-AARP study suggested that coffee contains about 1,000 compounds, many of which are antioxidants, and that coffee drinkers might have lower risks of dying from chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. The study followed over 400,000 healthy men and women between the ages of 50 and 71 for nearly 13 years. All participants took a questionnaire where they provided information about their levels of coffee intake.

For the more recent study, a team of researchers and scientists compared machine learning findings to more traditional analysis, and found the results were consistent across the board. The results were presented at the American Heart Association's (AHA) Scientific Sessions in Anaheim, CA this year.

While the study from 2017 does show there might be extreme benefits to drinking coffee, lead study author Neal Freedman doesn’t think anyone can say for sure how the drink affects overall health. “Although we cannot infer a causal relationship between coffee drinking and lower risk of death, we believe these results do provide some reassurance that coffee drinking does not adversely affect health,” Freedman explains.

So while it’s not totally proven that coffee will improve your health, it's probably still worth having your morning cup.