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Drinking 3 to 4 Cups of Coffee a Day More Healthy than Harmful

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Drinking Three to Four Cups of Coffee a Day More Healthy than Harmful

People who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease than those who abstain, scientists say; they can also suffer from coffee sweats resulting from drinking excess caffeine.

The research, which collated evidence from more than 200 previous studies, also found coffee consumption was linked to lower risks of diabetes, liver disease, dementia, and some cancers.

The scientists said three or four cups a day confer the greatest benefit, except for pregnant women who have a higher risk of suffering fractures.

Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed drinks worldwide. To better understand its effects on health, Robin Poole, a public health specialist at the Britain’s University of Southampton, led a research team in an “umbrella review” of 201 studies based on observational research and 17 studies based on clinical trials across all countries and all settings.

“Umbrella reviews” synthesize previous pooled analyses to give a clearer summary of diverse research on a particular topic.

“Coffee drinking appears safe within usual consumption patterns,” Pool’s team concluded in their research, published in the BMJ British medical journal late on Wednesday.

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Drinking coffee was consistently linked with a lower risk of death from all causes and from heart disease. The largest reduction in relative risk of premature death is seen in people consuming three cups a day, compared with non-coffee drinkers.

Drinking more than three cups a day was not linked to harm, but the beneficial effects were less pronounced.

The researchers said that coffee was also associated with a lower risk of several cancers, including prostate, endometrial, skin, and liver cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes, gallstones, and gout. The greatest benefit was seen for liver conditions such as cirrhosis of the liver.

Poole’s team noted that no firm conclusions could be drawn about cause and effect because their review included mainly observational data. But they said their findings support other recent reviews and studies of coffee intake.

By Kate Kelland – Reuters

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