Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Another plus in the coffee-is-healthy column

The New York Times today reports in its science section, "More good news on coffee: A large study has found that drinking coffee is associated with a reduced risk of dying from heart disease and certain other causes."

But, before you dash for the coffee pot, go here to read the whole story. That's the November 18 online version, rather than today's print version that caught my eye.

A few points of emphasis:

• Nonsmokers who drank a cup of coffee a day had a 6% reduced risk of death, one to three cups an 8% reduced risk, three to five cups a 15% reduced risk, and more than five cups a 12% reduced risk.

• There was no apparent connection between coffee drinking and reduction of risk of cancer.

• The lead author of the study cautions, “Our study is observational, so it’s hard to know if the positive effect is causal or not.”

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