Coffee is Good for You

That’s a finding of research done at the USC School of Medicine.

Drinking coffee was associated with a lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory and kidney disease for African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Latinos and whites.

People who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 percent less likely to die compared to those who didn’t drink coffee. This association was even stronger for those who drank two to three cups a day — 18 percent reduced chance of death.

Time for my second cup of Blue Mountain.

Mmmmm … settled science.

35 thoughts on “Coffee is Good for You

  1. The single easiest way to get a better cup of coffee is to grind your own beans.

    I’ve been roasting my own beans for years now. And extrapolating that data set, I should be nearly immortal now.

    “Enough coffee” is when you can thread a sewing machine while it is running.

  2. “People who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 percent less likely to die compared to those who didn’t drink coffee.” —

    The increase in morbidity in the non-coffee drinkers is because they are far too cheerful in the morning, and thus are often the victims of violent attacks by people who have not had their second cup. Maybe that’s just my house.

  3. “People who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 percent less likely to die compared to those who didn’t drink coffee”

    I always thought everyone had the same death rate… 1 each.

  4. What a racist study. “Whites.” It should be “European-Americans,” although it would be nice if people just went by “Americans,” like they used to.

  5. Not-so-researched is the “benefit” of multiple daily coffee enemas, touted as a “detoxifying” cancer-curing method.

  6. There was a Swedish king (Gustav III) who was so convinced coffee was slow poison and so consternation that the public kept on drinking it despite bans and fines that the commissioned a study (a twin study, that is, of a single pair of twins) where one twin had to drink some number of pots of tea a day and the other coffee. they seemed to do rather well and in fact survived the doctors observing the subjects and the king himself (he was assissinated at a party). The first twin to pass on lived to 83, and was of course the tea drinker. No word on the fate of the other; he may be living still, and nearly immortal.

  7. “used data from the Multiethnic Cohort Study”

    Oh, so it’s a metastudy. A data dredge. Also known as utter garbage. They compile a bunch of studies together, then slice them up into smaller and smaller pieces until spurious correlations pop out, then make a claim.

    They make it sound big by throwing out a trojan number (215,000 participants in this case – the combined total of all the study participants), but look how the numbers start to shrink as you move down the article. Wouldn’t surprise me if, by the end of the actual study, they’re talking about a few hundred at most.

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