CLEVELAND CLINIC NEWS NETWORK - There's more good news for coffee lovers.
According to yet another study, higher coffee consumption is associated with lower risk of death.
Cleveland Clinic's Debbie Plate, D.O., did not take part in the study, but said evidence shows that an extra cup of coffee may do a body good.
"There was a recent study done that indicated and compared folks that didn't drink any coffee to those who enjoyed at least 2-4 cups or more, and they found that the folks who drank the coffee lived longer," said Dr. Plate.
Spanish researchers studied food questionnaires from 19,896 people with an average age of 37 and followed them for about ten years.
Results show people who drank at least four cups of coffee each day had a 64 percent lower risk of death than those who never drank coffee.
Authors said overall, there was a 25 percent lower risk of death for every two additional cups of coffee per day - with the greatest benefit for people 45 and older.
Dr. Plate said coffee can be part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
"What we know is your risk, your health risk, may be reduced by the amount of caffeine that you take in on a daily basis," said Dr. Plate. "Do it with caution, talk to your doctor, but enjoy that cup of coffee."
According to experts the best way to drink coffee is black and to beware that added creams and sugars also add extra unwanted calories.
Complete study results were presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting.
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