Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Drink At Least 2 Cups of Coffee

I know a number of people who can’t imagine starting the day without coffee. And this might not actually be such a bad thing. 

For many years, scientists have been studying both the positive and negative effects of caffeine on the body. 

A 2017 meta-analysis, published in the British Medical Journal, found that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day was associated with a lower risk of death and developing heart disease compared to drinking no coffee at all. Coffee drinking was also associated with a lower risk of some cancers, diabetes, liver disease and dementia. 

The latest meta-analysis, published in The European Journal of Epidemiology, yielded similar findings. 

It, in fact, suggested that drinking just two cups of coffee a day could increase life expectancy by up to two years. 

In this study, researchers analyzed 40 previous studies exploring the link between coffee and mortality, including a total of 3,852,651 participants and 450,256 causes of death – and they found that drinking coffee had an inverse association with all-cause mortality – “irrespective of age, overweight status, alcohol drinking, smoking status, and caffeine content of coffee”. 

According to the researchers, moderate coffee consumption, such as two to four cups a day, “was associated with reduced all-cause and cause-specific mortality, compared to no coffee consumption”. 

In addition to increasing life expectancy, drinking coffee also reduces the risk of developing and dying from cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory disease. 

This is not the first time the health benefits of consuming coffee have been reported – the beverage has previously been linked to the ability to slow the growth of prostate cancer, overall improved heart health, and a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. 

Okay lah, I will love coffee as much as I love my Coke. 

I had been invited by IJM’s Foong Sook Hwa to attend the Novartis Malaysia Toastmasters meeting and yesterday, I was on Level 22 at Plaza 33 in Petaling Jaya, Selangor for that exact purpose.

I was an evaluator for a Pathways Level 1 speech. 

Furthermore, Sook Hwa had promised me (in her own words) that I would “love this club” – and yes, I became a believer.

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