"As a coffee drinker myself, they do reassure me that my habit probably isn't bad for me", he said.
The research only shows an association and can not prove that coffee leads to a longer life, but experts say it is consistent with other studies that have shown potential beneficial effects of regularly drinking coffee.
Researchers found that coffee was linked to a reduced risk of death from digestive diseases in both men and women, as well as a decreased risk of death from cerebrovascular and circulatory disease among women.
People who drank about three cups of coffee (23 to 29 ounces) per day were 7 percent to 12 percent less likely to die over the next 16 years, compared with non-drinkers.
Those who drink three cups a day have an 18 percent lower risk of death from those same illnesses, researchers said.
"We can not say drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association", Setiawan said.
Two Studies support earlier findings that coffee helps you live longer. Caffeinated coffee was associated with a 20 per cent reduction.
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"A lot more research is needed to tease apart what it is in coffee that might be having these effects", Murphy told Reuters.
But what we can learn from the research is that there is some link between coffee-drinking and a lower risk of death, especially from circulatory diseases and digestive diseases. It may just be that healthier people drink more coffee, for example.
Prof. Sir David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge, calculated that, if causal, it meant a cup of coffee a day extended the average life of a man by three months and a woman by a month.
Two new studies showed that drinking coffee, even more than one cup, could be beneficial.
The top 25% of coffee drinkers in the study had three or more cups a day. People who drank decaffeinated coffee were also protected, the researchers found.
Some good news for everyone already fantasising about their morning latte: New research has discovered drinking multiple cups of coffee could reduce the risk of an early death. (Disclosure: CBS is CNET's parent company.) "Although it's premature to say, 'let's prescribe coffee for its health benefits, ' it's at least nice to know that there's increasing evidence that moderate coffee consumption can have a role, can be part of a healthy diet".
According to the MedicalXpress, drinking a cup of coffee each day could increase your lifespan by 12% while doubling your intake of coffee could increase it to nearly 20%.
According to the accompanying editorial, a protective effect of coffee is biologically plausible because polyphenols and other bioactive compounds in it have antioxidant properties, which are linked to reduced insulin resistance, inflammation, and biomarkers of liver function.
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