A large study of nearly half a million older adults followed
for about 12 years revealed a clear trend: as coffee drinking increased, the
risk of death decreased.
Study author Neal Freedman, PhD, MPH, National Cancer
Institute, discusses the significance of these findings and the potential links
between coffee drinking, caffeine consumption, and various specific causes of
disease in an interview in Journal of Caffeine Research, a peer-reviewed
journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available on
the Journal of Caffeine Research website.
"Epidemiology of Caffeine Consumption and Association
of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-specific Mortality" presents an
in-depth interview exploring the many factors that could contribute to the
association between coffee, disease, and mortality.
Dr. Freedman examines the relationship between coffee
drinking and behaviours such as smoking and alcohol abuse, the physiological
effects of caffeine on blood pressure and cardiac function, and the importance
of differentiating between the effects of coffee and caffeine.
“Given the near-universal daily consumption of caffeine, Dr
Freedman‘s research underscores the urgent need for randomised controlled
trials to identify which components of coffee and other caffeine beverages
benefit or harm consumers, under what circumstances, and in relation to which
health outcomes,” says Jack E. James, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of