In the United States, coffee is one of the most popular beverages of all and it is popular in a large number of other countries, as well. With its caffeine content, it can help boost the mood and raise the energy level, but it is actually good for you? That does depend on which health care professional you ask, but for those interested in obtaining all the information they can from a wide variety of sources, new research is always of interest and the latest research suggests that coffee might be better for us than we think.
Isn’t Coffee Supposed to Be Bad for Your Health?
In the past, many in the modern medical world viewed coffee as not a good thing. It was assumed to be a detriment to the health of a person and research at the time seemed to correlate that line of thinking. Today, more research that is more detailed is definitely changing how coffee is perceived by scientists and those in the alternative health world open to new findings.
If it sounds as if the advice from scientists has now gone in reverse, it turns out it has. In a recent post on the Mayo Clinic website, Dr. Donald Hensrud had this to say when asked about whether or not coffee is good for a person:
Recent studies have generally found no connection between coffee and an increased risk of cancer or heart disease. Why the apparent reversal in the thinking about coffee? Earlier studies didn’t always take into account that known high-risk behaviors, such as smoking and physical inactivity, tended to be more common among heavy coffee drinkers at that time.
The message here is that activities beyond coffee were interfering with the results of scientific inquiries as to whether it benefited or harmed the human bodies. Scientific studies are, of course, limited in the amount of knowledge they can provide us as many practitioners of homeopathic and herbalist traditions will attest to. Science may not be able to reveal everything, but these new studies certainly do provide a more specific kind of knowledge regarding coffee’s impact on the body.
We can conclude, as far as research shows right now, that coffee is in fact not tied to the diseases that the medical world used to believe it was. While people may not switch immediately over from a green tea regimen to begin drinking coffee, it is worth noting that both beverages do contain antioxidants.
Type 2 Diabetes Risks Can Be Lowered Significantly By Consuming Coffee
While moderation is always a smart idea regardless of the beverage being consumed, it does appear that several studies back coffee’s effectiveness in battling the risk of a person succumbing to the very serious condition, Type 2 Diabetes. The caffeine that coffee contains is believed to work on the metabolism to increase it and help promote glucose balance within the human body. It is also believed that it could help to lower insulin sensitivity, among other benefits, that would make it markedly more difficult for Type 2 Diabetes to set in.
In a recent article from Science 2.0, it was revealed that the amount of coffee consumed could affect this reduction of risks:
New evidence linking moderate coffee consumption with a possible reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes was presented during a session at the 2012 World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and Its Complications (WCPD) and is also included in the report, which outlines the epidemiological evidence linking coffee consumption to diabetes prevention, compared to consuming none or less than two cups per day.
The study went on to reveal that for each cup a person had over two cups, the relative risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes went down by around 7 percent. That suggests that in coffee’s case as it applies specifically to this disease, a little more may not hurt and could actually provide extra benefits. It does need to remember that massive intake of coffee can produce negative side effects so, again, some level of moderation is most likely to be the smartest approach.
Can Coffee Actually Help a Person Live Longer?
Some coffee drinkers may say that it’s what keeps them alive, but they are, of course, being funny. However, new research suggests that coffee might actually have a life lengthening effect. It turns out that the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study which polled more than 400,000 individuals between the ages of 50 and 71 on their coffee drinking discovered some shocking facts.
Men who drank at least 3 cups of coffee per day showed a 14% lower chance of dying from heart disease. For women, that figures went up to 15%. Deaths from respiratory conditions, incidents of stroke and diabetes all dropped significantly in those that said they consumed coffee on a regular basis.
A study from The New England Journal of Medicine cited in a recent article by Hive Health Media put expressed findings from research into whether or not coffee could extend human life much more bluntly, saying:
Males who take 2 to 3 cups a day are 10% more likely live longer those who do not drink coffee at all. It’s even better news for females who have a 13% better survival rate than other women who avoid coffee.
This is remarkable evidence that coffee might have been mistakenly maligned by the medical community for many years. This kind of mistake would come as no surprise to those in the world of alternative health care, who understand that modern medicine certainly has its limitations, but it is powerful news to those who want to make of every possible way to live longer, happier and healthier.
The next time you end up being offered a cup of coffee, it might not be such a bad idea to take it. It might just improve your life with each sip.