A new study has found that drinking two to four cups a day is associated with overall lower risk of death, particularly among middle-age drinkers.
The study, presented by Spanish researchers during the European Society of Cardiology Congress held in Barcelona, featured nearly 20,000 participants, with an average age of 37-years, and followed up with them for about 10 years.
“Our findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people,” said researcher Dr. Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.
The study found participants who drank at least four cups of coffee a day had a 64% lower risk of death than those who never or almost never drank coffee.
The research also found for participants who were 45 or older, drinking two additional cups of coffee was linked to a 30% lower risk of death.
“We found an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of all-cause mortality, particularly in people aged 45 years and above. This may be due to a stronger protective association among older participants,” says Dr. Navarro.
The researchers reported that they accounted for factors including age, sex and whether the participants predominantly ate a Mediterranean Diet, which has also been linked to a list of health benefits.
The findings back up a pair of studies published earlier this year touting the benefits of drinking coffee. One of the studies found coffee was linked to a lower risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.