Coffee: An elixir of life?


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I'm a fan of coffee. I could consume a latte at midnight if given the opportunity. However, I've often been reprimanded for my bad habit (erm, addiction). I've been told my health will be ruined if I continue to caffinate my body. Maybe it ruins my sleeping schedule, but is coffee as bad for you as you think?

According to a study done by the New England Journal of Medicine, coffee can actually aid in lengthening one's lifespan. The study consisted of over 400,000 participants, and among the healthy ones, those who had at least two cups of coffee per day were up to 16% less likely to die than those who had minimal amounts of coffee. It's unclear if it was actually the caffeine itself that helped people's lifespans; it could be that people who drank coffee felt more prepared to take on the day and partake in healthy activities such as exercise. This could explain the lack of disease heavy coffee drinkers exhibited; people who consumed four cups per day seemed protected from heart disease and diabetes. What's weird is that it doesn't matter if the coffee is caffeinated or decaf; people can still gain increased lifespans if they have that decaf mug with that ever enticing piece of chocolate cake for dessert. 

Like many experiments however, this study only worked to observe the habits of the coffee drinkers. There is no absolute evidence that coffee keeps people from dying--the habits of coffee consumers might just be perpetually healthier than those who drink soda and gross energy drinks that come in weird cans. But let caffeine addicts rejoice in the possibility that this amazing drink might just keep us on this lovely earth for a few more years than none coffee enthusiasts.  

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Hi Kira! Very interesting article! It really caught my attention when I scrolled down the page because I USED TO BE SO ADDICTED TO COFFEE! I mean...seriously, last year I had to drink coffee every single morning. Until it reached the point where I started to feel something wrong with my body. I would be SO EXHAUSTED (with zero energy) without coffee. However, when I had it...I felt slightly strange around my chest and my body was shaking a little bit (well...that was what I felt!). So I was looking up on the internet about the cons of consuming "too much" coffee. I got scared. So I tried to stop drinking coffee, but you know, honestly, it was so difficult because I was addicted to it! One day while I was walking to the dining common, I grabbed the daily Collegian like I always do every morning...somehow, I found one interesting article talking about this new application on iPhone called "Caffeine Zone" . Basically, this application provides the caffeine amount in your body based on model derived from research. It even tells you what amounts for alertness and what amount you will have at sleep time! After downloaded this cool application, I started to consume less coffee than I normally do...to the point where I finally stop drinking coffee! But to be honest, this article about how coffee can increase one's lifespan really catches my attention. Like you said, it may based on many other factors among these individuals as well. Once again, very interesting article! :)

Hi Kira! Very interesting article! It really caught my attention when I scrolled down the page because I USED TO BE SO ADDICTED TO COFFEE! I mean...seriously, last year I had to drink coffee every single morning. Until it reached the point where I started to feel something wrong with my body. I would be SO EXHAUSTED (with zero energy) without coffee. However, when I had it...I felt slightly strange around my chest and my body was shaking a little bit (well...that was what I felt!). So I was looking up on the internet about the cons of consuming "too much" coffee. I got scared. So I tried to stop drinking coffee, but you know, honestly, it was so difficult because I was addicted to it! One day while I was walking to the dining common, I grabbed the daily Collegian like I always do every morning...somehow, I found one interesting article talking about this new application on iPhone called "Caffeine Zone" . Basically, this application provides the caffeine amount in your body based on model derived from research. It even tells you what amounts for alertness and what amount you will have at sleep time! After downloaded this cool application, I started to consume less coffee than I normally do...to the point where I finally stop drinking coffee! But to be honest, this article about how coffee can increase one's lifespan really catches my attention. Like you said, it may based on many other factors among these individuals as well. Once again, very interesting article! :)

It's very interesting that the study found that coffee drinkers were more likely to live longer considering all the bad habits that are correlated with coffee drinking. Coffee drinkers are more likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol. This study I found corresponds with the data you found and explores further causes of the correlation between coffee and longevity. Apparently, coffee has some benefit that scientists have yet to unearth.

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