CINCINNATI - It's not the Fountain of Youth, but coffee may reduce the risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from several common health conditions.
Researchers from the National Cancer Institute conducted an observational study from data on 400,000 adults ages 50 to 71. People who drank three or more cups of coffee per day had a 10 percent lower risk of death than the non-coffee drinkers.
The lead investigator says we can't infer a "causal relationship between coffee drinking and lower risk of death." But we can say coffee does not adversely affect health.
And it may not be the caffeine that is the protective ingredient. Those who drank decaffeinated coffee had similar health results.
Be cautious about caffeine, one doctor says. It can raise blood pressure.