Women Who Drink Coffee Live Longer? (NOT Decaf, Though)…

Women Who Drink Coffee Live Longer?

Women Who Drink Coffee Live Longer?

Women Who Drink Coffee Live Longer?

In a piece of news that I find frankly surprising, a study has found that women who drink coffee are 25 percent less likely to die from heart disease.  The study also revealed that drinking little to no coffee had an increased incidence of stroke in women. But this isn’t just one cup of coffee a day, either – the women whose hearts seemed to benefit from drinking coffee were those who drank between two and six cups a day.

The funny thing is, too, that while men seem to be able to drink similar amounts up coffee (up to six cups) with no added risk, they did not experience the same benefits.

It’s unclear whether this is tied to caffeine intake, since the study did not say whether the women were drinking regular or decaf coffee, although the researchers who investigated coffee and risk of stroke, who are Swedish, said that very few people in Sweden drink decaffeinated coffee. So, it must be the caffeine!

“Coffee drinkers should rejoice,” said Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, responding to the study. “Coffee is often made out to be potentially bad for your heart. There really hasn’t been any study that convincingly said coffee is bad.”

However, others caution that these kinds of study do not prove cause, so don’t go rushing out to Starbucks to chug extra coffee just yet. Previous studies have had conflicting findings, and researchers stressed that people looking to avoid stroke should try proven practices (maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, watch your blood pressure). Speculating about why coffee could be related to stroke risk, however, the researchers said that coffee consumption might be reducing inflammation and improving insulin sensitivity. It also could have something to do with the antioxidants in coffee.

This does seem to be good news for people who drink coffee regularly, though – even if it isn’t directly related to stroke prevention, it doesn’t seem to cause strokes or heart disease.  So the moral of this story seems to be: as long as you’re drinking coffee in moderation, you could have a reduced risk of stroke, especially if you’re a woman.


My personal note:  Do not be a sissy and drink decaf.  Poor Valerie made a mistake last weekend and drank decaf, and she had withdrawal symptoms — corrected only when she went back to her regular coffee!



About martisima

After over 50 years of teaching literature to undergraduate and graduate students, I feel I have earned my retirement (it happened when I was 72, five years ago). I do miss the classroom, however, but not the meetings and all other requirements of the profession. I love teaching, and wish I could still do it. But now I read for pleasure, and watch films, and listen to all kinds of music (no TV, though). I love to travel, and hope I can resume doing it soon. I need to get over my health issues caused by thyroid surgery three years ago!
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