Coffee mortality: Recently, a new study about coffee drinkers and high mortality rates is causing a stir. Research over decades suggest that people who consume four or more cups of java daily increase their chances of dying sooner compared to moderate and non-drinkers, citing an August 15 New York Daily News report.
Researchers with the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study cohort followed 40,000 participants (ages 20-87) for 16 years (1979 to 1998) and recorded data about their coffee consumption.
Data published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests that 21 percent of women and men who drank four or more cups of coffee increased their mortality rates from all causes.
Moreover, for those under 55, the coffee mortality rates increased to 50 percent.
These findings come conflict with a study conducted last year by the National Institutes of Health which said older coffee drinkers lower their chances of death from all sources with higher consumption.
A high concentration of antioxidants is thought to be behind the extended life spans associated with drinking more coffee in older ages.
Co-author Dr. Carl Lavie, director of the department of cardiovascular diseases at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans was quick to point out that the NIH coffee study is diminished by the new findings, but suggests more research is needed.
"We're not saying that coffee is the cause of death; we just noticed coffee is associated with increased risk of death," Lavie said.
Sources point out that higher death rates could be due to links between heavy consumers and obesity, smoking and sedentary lifestyles.
The takeaway from the coffee mortality study: Like anything, moderation is best.