Well, that explains a lot….
In coffee news, looks like having a few cups a day, decaff or caffeinated, correlates with less dying. Why is left unclear, but attributed to the antioxidants. One would think it might also be that improved reflexes and alertness leads to fewer “AwShit” moments and that folks who caffeinated heavily in early life got jobs with more desk time and less shovel time… but that decaff also does the job argues against that.
Drinking three cups of coffee a day ‘could help you live longer’
Researchers are urging non-coffee drinkers to take up the habit
Tuesday 11 July 2017 08:22 BST
Drinking three cups of coffee a day could help you live longer, two major scientific studies have shown.
In what has been called the clearest evidence yet of coffee’s so-called “elixir effect”, researchers in Europe and the US found coffee drinkers had a reduced risk of death.
Men who downed at least three cups of coffee a day were 18 per cent less likely to die than non-coffee drinkers.
Women drinking the same amount benefited less but saw an eight per cent drop in risk of death.
More than 680,000 people across the globe were studied by scientists in the two pieces of research.
Irrespective of ethnicity, people who drank two to three cups of coffee daily had an 18 per cent reduced risk of death.
In the past the results linking coffee to life expectancy have varied, although many have extolled the health benefits of the coffee bean.
BST time zone? British Summer Time per my web search. Who knew? (Likely everyone in or interacting with Britain ;-) I’d have thought “Standard” time, but Summer is nicer… While feeling the urge to wander over Eurasian Time Zones and learn their quirks of naming I think I’ll resist…
Hmmmm…. 3 cups a day? Guess I picked a bad time to cut back to one… OK, you convinced me, time for a second…
Two studies, so unlikely to be one guy with a “thing” about coffee.
Men benefit more than women. Why? I wonder… Men have more heart attacks and pop off earlier, adding caffeine is generally held to be a Bad Idea for folks with heart issues. Is it hormonal related, or habit related? More men smokers in Europe benefiting more from antioxidants or??? Yet women still benefit.
680 K people? So most likely a meta-study of their histories. This would mean it might be a statistical selection bias. I know many doctors (at least for a while “back when”) would tell patients “with issues” to cut out drinking and coffee. Perhaps it is just finding that folks with diagnosed circulatory disease were told to lay off the coffee?
Interestingly each of the latest studies, both published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, showed no advantage from drinking either caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee.
Previous research has suggested that drinking coffee can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, and some cancers. Earlier this year researchers found coffee could be a more effective pain-relief than ibuprofen or morphine.
That pain relief phrase is a live link in the original and links to this story:
It basically advocates for an extra hour of sleep as helping reduce pain, then coffee in the morning to get you started (and maybe moderate pain a bit more). Oddly, that’s more or less how I’ve lived just because it happens that way. I go to sleep when done with the day, sleep till I wake up, then caffeinate until functional ;-) Never been a morning person, so often had to get employers to understand that an 8 AM start time was not good for them, either.
Coffee and more sleep better pain relief than traditional painkillers, study claims
Tuesday 9 May 2017 09:44 BST
Sleeping or drinking coffee could be more effective ways of relieving pain than ibuprofen or morphine drugs, a study suggests.
Tests on mice showed if deprived of sleep they felt discomfort more, but that their ability to endure pain increased when injected with drugs including caffeine.
Harvard Medical School’s study found that the jabs were more effective at alleviating suffering than traditional painkillers, the Sun reports.
Researchers at the top American university deprived the rodents of sleep by entertaining them with toys, as a way of simulating a human staying up late.
They said the tests suggest that people suffering from ailments like arthritis and migraines may also benefit from as little as an extra one hour of sleep each night.
Harvard professor Clifford Woolf said a cup of coffee or two may also help, and that a lack of sleep can make pain worse.
He said: “A cup of coffee or a good sleep will not cure the disease but it may make the pain more bearable.
“People often stay up late watching TV, reading or playing computer games. Our study suggests this lack of sleep may make pain worse.
Again “the usual” knock on people who stay up late. Hey, “Clue Stick Time”: It doesn’t matter how late you stay up, it matters how long after sleepy time when you get up. Just Sleep In! (damn it…)
(Yes, I’ve spent most of my life fighting the Morning Nazis who think you MUST get up early and MUST go to sleep at sundown. It is just as effective to stay up to 3 AM and then sleep until noon… FWIW, folks with a natural biological clock of under 24 hours are morning people, and folks with longer than 24 hours are night people. NASA study I was in … My clock is 24.5 on ‘free run’ with no light cues. My max body temp comes mid afternoon and my lowest just about the time folks want me to get up for an ‘early start’ thus assuring my least productive state. The guy with a 23 hour clock was ‘hottest’ at mid morning and by late afternoon was dropping temp – and function- but was already warming up at 4 AM while sleeping. It is an innate biological state and not subject to your bosses whim about “your best hours”…)
But OK, make sure you sleep enough and then get a coffee starter and you feel better… Wait, didn’t I already know that? ;-)
Back at the first story:
Dr Marc Gunter, from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, who led the European study with colleagues from Imperial College London, said: “We found that higher coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause, and specifically for circulatory diseases, and digestive diseases.
“Importantly, these results were similar across all of the 10 European countries, with variable coffee drinking habits and customs. Our study also offers important insights into the possible mechanisms for the beneficial health effects of coffee.”
The US researchers also looked at death rates over a period of 16 years. A quarter of participants drank two to three cups of coffee per day and seven per cent consumed four or more cups.
People who drank one cup of coffee daily were 12 per cent less likely to die than those who drank no coffee, the results showed. Drinking two to three cups of coffee reduced the chances of death by 18 per cent.
Lead author Dr Veronica Setiawan, from the University of Southern California, said: “We cannot say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association. If you like to drink coffee, drink up! If you’re not a coffee drinker, then you need to consider if you should start.”
So we have a pointer at circulatory and digestive causes. I’m again wondering about the degree of self selection vs prior medical advice… Would be nice to see that addressed (but I’m too far behind on things ATM to do that digging, so it is a Dig Here!).
Consistent across Europe, and shows up in America too, so differing medical systems and practices not showing anything… that’s good. Dose proportional response too. 18% is a fairly big number and not down in the noise. OK, looks like I picked the wrong day to cut out Starbucks (though maybe I’ll get that home Espresso Machine after all ;-)
5 cups a day? Now if just 5 cups a day walked in and sat down and started singing… (Oblique reference to Alice’s Restaurant… maybe that 3rd cup of coffee this morning is too much… but the article said… )
Drinking five cups of coffee a day could reduce chances of liver cancer by half, scientists reveal
Thursday 25 May 2017 13:42 BST
Drinking five cups of coffee a day could reduce your chances of liver cancer by half, scientists have revealed.
Experts from Southampton and Edinburgh universities have suggested that people who drink more coffee are less likely to develop hepatocellular cancer (HCC), the most common form of primary liver cancer.
And even decaffeinated coffee can have a protective effect, they found.
Scientists examined data from 26 studies involving more than 2.25 million participants, publishing their findings in the British Medical Journal.
Liver cancer? Well, look, if it was cirrhosis I’d be much more impressed and then Irish Coffee sales would skyrocket… but OK, cutting cancer in half is a good one too, I guess…
Compared with people who drank no coffee, those who drank one cup had a 20 per cent lower risk of developing HCC.
Those who consumed two cups had a 35 per cent reduced risk and for those who drank five cups, the risk was halved.
They even noted a protective effect for decaf, but added that this was “smaller and less certain than for caffeinated coffee”.
Again with the dose proportional… and the decaff process reduces “whatever it is” somewhat.
Well, guess it’s OK to kiss off the coffee guilt. Now if I can just get my Starbucks Bill accepted as a medical deduction on my taxes I may never pay tax again ;-)
I’m also going to be promoting Irish Coffee from “occasional” to my “preferred” list as a drink of choice.
Now, how to space it out… 2 for breakfast and one each with lunch and dinner? Hmmm…. I think some experimentation required… And then we have the question of “drip” (apparently now called “pour over” per my son who ‘corrected’ me for calling it ‘drip’) vs French Press vs Espresso vs… This could take a LOT of experimentation ;-)