Mayo Clinic study could have you thinking twice about reaching for another cup of coffee

4:40 AM, Aug 16, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO -  Before you go reaching for another cup of coffee, you may want to consider the results from a recent Mayo Clinic study.

We've recently heard of the health benefits of coffee, that it can prevent type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease and even lower your risk of skin cancer. 

But before you pour another cup, you may want to review these recent findings from the Mayo Clinic that suggest too much coffee can be deadly.

Researchers found that women from ages 20 to 54 who drank more than 28 cups of coffee a week, or an average of more than four cups a day, were more than twice as likely to die from any cause as more moderate coffee drinkers.

Men in that same age bracket were less at risk than women but still also had a higher risk of death than people who drank coffee in moderation. 

One to two cups a day would be considered moderation. Five or more is excessive.

But the coffee craze continues to percolate. According to the National Coffee Association, 83 percent of American adults drink coffee everyday.  You can find a Starbucks pretty much anywhere, including the Robinson Funeral Home in South Carolina, where baristas serve lattes in the lobby.

Funeral home owner Chris Robinson says the Starbucks addition is intended to comfort those who are grieving. And that strategy may work too, because coffee has also been proven to lower the risk of depression in women.

Researchers also found that drinking two cups of coffee daily lowers the risk of heart failure.

Another study suggests those who drink coffee in moderation on a regular basis are also less likely to suffer memory loss later in life.


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