HealthDay News — Coffee is associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality, according to a study presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2017, in Barcelona, Spain.

Adela Navarro, MD, a cardiologist at the Hospital de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, and colleagues investigated the association between coffee consumption and risk of death. The observational study involved about 20,000 middle-aged people from the Mediterranean region. The participants were 37.7 years old, on average, at the start of the study and were followed for approximately 10 years.

Over the course of the next decade, 337 of the participants died. The researchers found that those who drank at least 4 cups of coffee a day had a 64% lower risk of death from any cause than those who drank little or no coffee on a regular basis. 

After examining additional data, the investigators found that the benefit of drinking coffee was even more notable among the participants who were 45 or older. Among these individuals, drinking 2 extra cups of coffee a day was linked with a 30% lower risk of death during the follow-up period.

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“We found an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of all-cause mortality, particularly in people aged 45 years and above,” Navarro said in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology. “This may be due to a stronger protective association among older participants.”

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Higher coffee consumption associated with lower risk of death [press release]. Barcelona, Spain: ESC. Published August 27, 2017. Accessed August 30, 2017.