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Does coffee lower mortality?

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by MeSci, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    An addition to the plethora of threads about whether coffee is good or bad:

     
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  2. CantThink

    CantThink Senior Member

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    I had two big mugs of it this morning ;):D
     
  3. Beyond

    Beyond Juice Me Up, Scotty!!!

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    Not if you have the GG genotype for slow metabolizer like me - it only increases chances of heart attack, murder sprees and psychosis :rofl:

    Now seriously, if you have that genetic trait drinking coffee will undoubtely make you die quicker, by different means. Fortunately we feel too awful on caffeine to stay on it consistently.

    Apparently coffee IS healthy for quick metabolizers, it is not the first time I read about it.
     
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    justy Donate Advocate Demonstrate

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    Caffeine makes me feel hideous!
     
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    perchance dreamer Senior Member

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    I always find coffee studies unsatisfying because they don't really quantify the amount of coffee brewed in a cup. I also wonder when they say a cup do they mean literally 8 oz or whatever the comparable metric measurement is, or do they mean any size cup or mug?

    I make one really strong cup of coffee a day, which would not compare to the amount in a cup of weak office coffee.

    On the other hand, even if these studies are inexact, I'm always tickled to see positive conclusions about coffee drinking. I love my coffee, and you'd have to pry it from my cold stiff fingers!
     
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  6. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    I used to have no problems at all with coffee - it didn't keep me awake, for example, but it seems to make me a bit jittery now if I have more than 1 mug. I drink instant, with caffeine, and fairly strong. Shame, as I really like it!
     
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    The study didn't look at caffeine consumption, it looked at coffee consumption. Coffee has got all kinds of chemicals in it, not just caffeine. Also, the amount of caffeine is dependent on how long the grounds contact the hot water, so an espresso (brewed quickly) has less caffeine than a slower method.
     
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    "coffee consumption more than five cups per day was not associated with risk of mortality."

    Every nuanced aspect of every thing we do or think... every second of every day for as long as we live... is associated with risk of mortality,
     
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    Or it reflects research practices where the data is subgrouped until an affirmative result is found :p

    They didn't just break it down by arbitrary amounts of coffee ... they also had to subgroup based on smoking status in what sounds like a very post-hoc analysis.
     
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    No, it's because smoking is known to correlate with mortality, and they wanted to eliminate confounders. I thought it was a nicely done study, possibly because I drink three cups of coffee per day.
     
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  11. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    So it may increase the general death-rate! :eek:
     
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  12. Beyond

    Beyond Juice Me Up, Scotty!!!

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    Indeedydoody! :D
     
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