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Women Who Drink Coffee Live Longer?

Women Who Drink Coffee Live Longer?

In a piece of news that I find frankly surprising, a study has found that women who drink coffee are 25 percent less likely to die from heart disease.  The study also revealed that drinking little to no coffee had an increased incidence of stroke in women. But this isn’t just one cup of coffee a day, either – the women whose hearts seemed to benefit from drinking coffee were those who drank between two and six cups a day.

The funny thing is, too, that while men seem to be able to drink similar amounts up coffee (up to six cups) with no added risk, they did not experience the same benefits.

It’s unclear whether this is tied to caffeine intake, since the study did not say whether the women were drinking regular or decaf coffee, although the researchers who investigated coffee and risk of stroke, who are Swedish, said that very few people in Sweden drink decaffeinated coffee.

“Coffee drinkers should rejoice,” said Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, responding to the study. “Coffee is often made out to be potentially bad for your heart. There really hasn’t been any study that convincingly said coffee is bad.”

However, others caution that these kinds of study do not prove cause, so don’t go rushing out to Starbucks to chug extra coffee just yet. Previous studies have had conflicting findings, and researchers stressed that people looking to avoid stroke should try proven practices (maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, watch your blood pressure). Speculating about why coffee could be related to stroke risk, however, the researchers said that coffee consumption might be reducing inflammation and improving insulin sensitivity. It also could have something to do with the antioxidants in coffee.

This does seem to be good news for people who drink coffee regularly, though – even if it isn’t directly related to stroke prevention, it doesn’t seem to cause strokes or heart disease.  So the moral of this story seems to be: as long as you’re drinking coffee in moderation, you could have a reduced risk of stroke, especially if you’re a woman.


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4:46PM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

oh nooo! my mom loved coffee and she got dementia (not alzheimers) and has been incontinent, and unable to talk or walk for 6 years now...we keep hoping she'll pass on, but this kind of takes away our hope....she's 83...dang coffee...

9:31PM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

In that case I guess I will live forever

11:43AM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

Welthis lady, who loves her Mochas... this has some positive news for sure.. I also only drink Organic and one to two a day... no other vices though... everything in moderaton is my motto

12:54PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

Interesting study coffee raised HDL chlorestoral levels and decreased the level of inflammation-associated proteins in the body.


I love coffee regular and usually drink a 12 cup pot a day. Doing fine at 74. ;-)

9:31PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

On the other hand, make sure it's filtered coffee, because those who drink unfiltered coffee seem to get higher cholesterol, and it doesn't seem to make a difference if it was regular or decaf.

7:25AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

Who would have thought that drinking coffee is a life extender for women!

2:13AM PDT on Mar 18, 2011


7:34PM PDT on Mar 17, 2011

Yay for coffee!

3:00AM PDT on Mar 17, 2011

I love my coffee, thanks.

2:37AM PDT on Mar 17, 2011

i love my cups of coffee, especially in the morning, thanks.

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