Killer Cups?

Heavy coffee drinkers under 55 are more likely to die sooner, a study shows.

By | August 16, 2013

WIKIMEDIA, HENDRIKE Big-time coffee drinkers—those who consume at least four cups a day—have a greater chance of dying earlier than people who don't imbibe as much. That's according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings this week (August 15). The findings only apply to heavy coffee drinkers under the age of 55, and they serve to add to the jumble of conflicting results about the health impacts of coffee. “There continues to be considerable debate about the health effects of caffeine, and coffee specifically, with some reports suggesting toxicity and some even suggesting beneficial effects,” Carl Lavie, one of the study’s authors and a cardiologist at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, said in a press release.

Lavie’s study included more than 43,000 participants, who were typically followed for 17 years. During that time, around 2,500 people died. After taking several confounding variables into account, the researchers found that men under 55 who drank at least 28 cups of coffee per week were 56 percent more likely to have died during the study than men who drank less. Women under 55, meanwhile, were a little more than twice as likely to have died than women who didn't drink as much coffee.

It’s not clear what might be driving this association. The findings were for all-cause mortality, rather than for any particular condition, such as heart disease. The researchers hesitantly pointed to genetics and addiction as possible culprits. “We hypothesize that the positive association between coffee and mortality may be due to the interaction of age and coffee consumption, combined with a component of genetic coffee addiction,” Junxiu Liu and Xuemei Sui at the University of South Carolina said in the press release.

While the study can’t prove cause-and-effect, the authors urged caution when it comes to coffee. “On the basis of these findings, it seems appropriate to suggest that younger people avoid heavy coffee consumption,” they wrote in their paper.

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Avatar of: T S Raman

T S Raman

Posts: 51

August 16, 2013

CAFFeine and COFFee are linked to COFFin.

Avatar of: Abhijit


Posts: 1

August 19, 2013

Okay, so you've layed out the problem. Now what's the solution? In the study, how much coffee and how many milligrams of caffeine did each mug contain? How much coffee is too much and how much can I drink safely?

Avatar of: Curculio


Posts: 61

August 19, 2013

Moderation in all things.

Avatar of: Alexandre IV

Alexandre IV

Posts: 1

August 19, 2013

In this kind of study what too often lacks is a survey of the life conditions of the sampled individuals. The main question here is: why are some people heavy coffee drinker and others no? Is it related to working conditions, social environment, family habits related to some other parameter etc. So is it the coffee consumption or the "social" habits that result in premature death. Furthermore, caffeine is the most well known component of coffee but not the sole. There are dozens of other compounds which have a consequence on human physiology (chlorogenic acids, terpens etc.), Caffeine is also present in tea, cocoa, guarana (the most caffeine rich) and other minor drinkable plants, so, do Englishmen die sooner than other non tea drinkers?

Avatar of: kienhoa68


Posts: 37

August 19, 2013

That is way too vague to reach such specificity. Much like the recent article on floride and tea. 

I'll consider the matter over a cup of coffee. 

Avatar of: PastToTheFuture


Posts: 101

August 19, 2013

Coffee, maybe, but just one question. How is addicition itself dangerous?

Avatar of: xxxxx


Posts: 2

August 19, 2013

Coffee may not be an unaccompanied malefactor but may have accomplices in the form of donuts, cheesecake, and heavy cream.  I hope that all such factors were properly accounted.

Avatar of: EllenWheels


Posts: 1

August 20, 2013

Was that organic coffee tested? I bet it wasn't.

If your coffee doesn't say where it comes from, it comes from Vietnam, land of Agent Orange. Coffee doesn't kill. Agent Orange kills.

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