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I drink more than 4 cups a day. I eat very well, I am a vegetarian. I don't smoke. I don't drink...ever. I get plenty of sleep. I exercise moderately. Good cholesterol levels, and good BP. Coffee is my only 'vice'. No sugar, just 1% milk. In fact since I don't drink milk at meals and do drink a lot of coffee, it is my source of milk. I do have a 'chronic condition'...that is an incurable bone marrow cancer that has been at bay for going on 7 years. I apparently do suffer from depression. Coffee is my comfort 'food'. Not cookies or other foods. I am going to take the risk...oh, and I use a good strong roast, but cut it with decaff. The good coffee makes up for the lousy decaff.
I drink one cup of coffee per day. I only drink it to help to stay awake. I have a sleeping disorder so it wakes me up. I like coffee, but I don't like that much coffee. I would rather drink coke zero to get my caffine.
The glaring issue missing form this write up is: "What kind of study design was it?" If it's anything other than a Randomized Controlled Trial, the data may be dubious at best. If it's of the Observational persuasion, you definitely cannot infer causation.
How does drinking more than four cups a day kill some people?
Yes, I drink 20-30 cups of coffee per week.
But I don't smoke, add only almond milk, eat healthy, exercise 3-4 times per week, sleep well, and do tend to use coffee to sharpen my focus and avoid unhealthy, sweet snacks. Does my coffee intake in context within this lifestyle put me at risk?
This is a really useful for someone trying to find out the best ways to stay healthy Thanks
Was told to avoid dairy products when suffering divertilitis? What about that?
@Liz - I am sorry for your diagnosis. It sounds like you have been trying to take good care of yourself for many years and are trying to find a reason for the sudden ill health. I don't know how much the coffee contributes to the occurrence of cancer in your body, or other things you may have done or not done. It may very well have happened because life just has unexpected, hard twists and turns despite our best efforts to keep it on the straight and narrow. Do try anything you can to improve your health, such as lots of water and raw foods, but I hope you are not guilting yourself over having caused this cancer. You need that energy to fight to be well and look forward and not look behind too much. Strength and peace to you...
I forgot to say this. Stop drinking the pods for a while. There may be a link as a lot of those specialty coffees have added chemicals to them and if you use artificial sweeteners You might find the information that's out on them very enlightening! Anything low fat, light, sugar free or diet products BE WARE!!!
I think you can google "sweet poison" or " dangers in artificial sweeteners "
Good health to you Liz.....
Do you processed meats or drink alcohol more than 2x a week?
Lemon juice (fresh) will cleanse the liver.... Lemons.com will help you. Get to it quickly. Lemons cleanse the liver and kills many parasites... Hope this helps you..... Don't wait, hon.
I am 67yo and have never had any health issues till now.I have always eaten a lot of fruit and veg and not a lot of meat. .I take no medication never have until now as I have been diagonised with pancreatic cancer.
I have two concerns that could have caused this, I said could have not saying they did. #1 I died my hair for many years and have heard that is bad as the chemicals can enter your body through your scalp.
#2. Over the last four or five years I have drank a lot of coffee in the form of the Pods that go into the coffee machines. Sometimes I think they may have chemicals added to them as they don't always taste the same and not much coffee flavor.
Just a thought , what do others think.
Unfortunately for portion challenged people like me, articles such as this rarely define their measurements. My coffee maker defines a cup as 6oz, while my cookbook says 8oz, and the local coffee shop says 12oz. What do you say?
BTW. I am caregiver to a 75 yr old stroke patient, I do all my yard work, cooking cleaning, housekeeping, laundry, and 3 tiny little demanding chihuahuas. Sometimes I get real tired but to ease that, I pour me a little cognac over crushed ice and I can feel the tension roll off me. I am good to go. I stay busy drink 2 1/2 cups of coffee a day , no more unless company comes. Rare. So if you think coffee is not good for you, decide for yourself. I know I need it to start my ball Rollin in the mornin... Do all things in moderation.. To correct the earlier mistype, I was trying to remember what Lou Gehrig's disease acronym was and Alzheimer's ... ALS/ALZ? Have a great day sippin your brew.... Ya'll... It's show hot down here in the south!
I am 73, gave up alcohol 28 years ago, never smoked, but I am overweight. I drink percolated coffee every day (not those horrible drip jobs), an average of two coffee mugs a day, sometimes more, up to 4 mugs. I don't know how that translates into actual cups, but I assume 4-6 cups a day. I drink because I like the taste of GOOD coffee - I don't drink junk. Think Starbucks, New England Coffee, etc. My heart is sound as a dollar, although I do have arthritis and possible borderline diabetes, but I attribute that to my weight gain rather than coffee. Long live the coffee bean!
Is this rare? My first clue that i was pregnant was that I couldnt tolerate the smell of coffee.Later after heavy exposure to toxins I came down with a rare cancer. Again. my first clue to oncoming cancer was an immediate aversion to coffee.At that time there were pesticides on coffee plants because of an infestation in South America.
I'm an 83 year old, don't smoke, quit drinking 21 years ago.(alcohol)play golf 4 times a week, sleep well and mow my own yard and trim the bushes. I drink about6-8 cups a day, 7 days a week. feel great.
Hey! This might amaze you.... About 6months ago on HLN Robin Meade and Jennifer Westoven were discussing a finding on coffee and its effects on the human body.. While I do not remember the conversation completely I do however remember Jennifer stating the coffee companies are adding "things" to our coffee. Having been a smoker many yrs ago and quit, I started noticing a smell of tobacco in my trash where I dumped the grounds from my morning percolated coffee.... It smelled like burnt tobacco or a nasty ash tray... I also started feeling terrible about the same time... I stopped the brand I had long been using and went to another.... The best part of waking up now is another brand that doesn't smell like tobacco... Could it be that someone is 'trying' to make me sick? I do not have ALS or Parkinson's nor dementia or ALS. But I do have a profound respect for HLN 's girls warning us in advance! Take control of your own health and be observant everyone!! I love my coffee... I am 62.
I am so weary of reading reports about dangers of this and that, then reading reports that rescind this information. I believe that genetics have a major impact on health. My mother and father, who both passed away years ago in the their 70's and 80's ate bacon and eggs everyday, mountains of Mexican food, hamburgers/French fries, etc., etc. great deal to do with your health.
My sister has Parkinson's and has always watched her diet very carefully all of her life. She is now 80 and is suffering terribly with this autoimmune disease. She has never been a coffee drinker. I drink tons of coffee and have for years. I now have an autoimmune disease (not Parkinson's). Wonder if the coffee protected me from Parkinson's. I think we both "took a bath" in DDT when we were kids, hence the autoimmune diseases. Anyway, I don't believe anything I read anymore. You can find something on the internet to support your beliefs, no matter what they are.
Coffee 4-6 times a day is OK for me, since I need it for my work. I have read some years ago a correlation with pancreatic cancer. But that is a multidiscipline tumor with linkage to alcoholconsumtion, genetic background also. What is overlooked is that coffee includes a small portion of iron, so for long runners, athlets it could be benifiicial to take 2-3 cups daily. What i heard and practice myself is to take a little milk in each cup, making the acidportion go down in coffee and for a healthier life.Choose lowfat milk!
I was allowed to start drinking coffee when I was 12 years old. I will be 80 in May, and, I drink a 12 cup pot and a half a day.
In all these studies, does "one cup"always mean eight ounces? Therefore, four cups amount to one quart of coffee, right?
What about decaf?
Do we get the benefits of coffee without the risks if we drink say 2 cups of decaf per day?
In Physical Medicine, we used to limit to 2-3 cups a day. Caffeinated coffee ofter increases blood pressure systalic levels by about 10 mm a cup, especially if the patient is also tgaking ACE inhibitors or other arterail relaxing medication. The increase (beyond a cup a day)is temporary, but if you take an Ace inhibiter, why cancel it effects with a cup of caffeine coffee?
Mistake in last posting. I am 71, not 17,. Sorry
Im l7 yrs. old, and I drink on an average of 10 - 15 cups a day, both at work and at home. I have a cup in my car on the way home from work and going to work. I sleep good, eat healthy and drink the K cups, all brands and what I purchase from Costco. I will not cut back or stop.
i do love my coffee - and I drink it every day BUT I also drink water and I eat wisely - i do not smoke - my coffee is sweetened and has half and half but I do not use a lot of fat or dairy otherwise nor do I use sweeteners very much elsewhere - I create a balance so that I can truly enjoy my coffee AND be well. I also drink coffee that is made only from Arabica beans since they have less acid thereby sparing the tummy too. It is all about awareness - making sound choices from what you have learned - paying attention to your body. And yes, when I have a lot of schoolwork I do use coffee as a substitute for sleep, but I also increase my Vitamin B and C intake to care for my nerves while I am pushing myself - and when I am done I take a time out. You have to know yourself and put things in perspective so that you can make the best use of all these reports. You cannot stop at receipt of information - you need to go further into personal discovery and application. Yes it takes time but we are ALL worth that time. Bless you!
Comment 2: missed stating that since my early 20's I cannot consume more than 1 coffee drink a day due to side effects to caffeine - breast cysts...am 59 now and have over the years seen they disappear when stop consuming for some time...and, have gone through these consume/stop consume cycles multiple times.
Think effects depend on the metabolism of different individuals so although some of you have had no issues, it does not mean lack of negative effects on others.
My concern with coffee (while do consume) is that some coffee grounds smell like burn tobacco making me wonder about the health risk of burnt components/chemicals and toxic derivatives. Would like some research into this.
I drink 2 cups of coffee a day, 3 to 5 days a week. Used to consumme 6 to 8 cups a day in my 30's, 40's & 50's. I am 74 with minimal health issues. Quit smoking in 1996 after 40 years at a pack a day. From the old school, If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Guess I'll just wait for more conclusive information more related to my age group.
Well, I have consumed coffee since a young age (like 3rd grade) and find I drink it for the flavor. I like to read studies about coffee because I continue to consume, shall we say, many cups a day. I cannot even keep track. (My office at work is located across the hall from the lounge where the coffee pot is.)
My dad died from Parkinson's and never drank coffee, so I thought, good, at least that disease not become my major health issue in later years.
So will this change my behavior? Probably not much.
While on active duty with the U.S. Navy (for 22 years) I drank prodigious amounts of coffee. I quit smoking over 40 years ago. I still drink about 6 cups of coffee per day, although I do not have any rigid goal. I quite commonly drink two cups before going to bed and sleep like a baby. Incidentally, I turned 79 recently; so much for your expert.
Everything in moderation!
I drink alot of coffee, and now this makes me re think my intake. It could be true, but why the back and forth on it? Come on! Find the real truth. Thanx
Unlike some of you, some pretty savvy friends of mine have reported that they know via medical tests, that their heart goes into fibrillation
after caffein intake whether it is from tea, coffee, chocolate, or other caffein drinks. Personally, I only drink a double espresso in the AM because of the acid content of caffein, but I make sure I have something in my stomach before the espresso because of it's acid content. Socially, I'd love to have an espresso about 4 PM with something sweet with friends. But, I will only drink espresso that is fabulous otherwise, forget it. Less caffein in espresso than a regular coffee mug when one researches it. Everyone is different. But, I have been a participate of in many research studies of the Mayo Clinic, NIH, DMRF, etc. and I do have faith in their findings. They factor in all variables. Clinical studies are going on continuously and Mayo reports their findings right away...from the caffein study I'm sure they will research deeper into the subject.
Please consider being involved in a clinical study, it's very rewarding and one learns a great deal. There's nothing like moderation and balance in
life for our health and well being. Something like your heart in fib one would not realize it. Heart disease is often called the silent killer, one does not necessarily feel anything is wrong until, your heart isn't working properly. Health is your best investment! There is nothing like moderation and balance in life. We need you!
I'll have to agree with Matt and Peter as well. If there is a correlation between Coffee and an earlier death, fine, but why? There is no biological explanation in the study as to why there is a correlation. There could be millions of factors that could have contributed to the deaths in the study. Imagine using this as my IB Bio lab, I'd fail. Yes, they observe something in the study, but there's no explanation, making this study absolutely worthless.
I agree with Peter's comment. This study is absolute BS. I've read a bunch of other studies all concluding that there is no correlation between Coffee consumption and Cardiovascular diseases.
"The results show that heavier coffee drinkers are more likely to be smokers and less fit."
Ummm, what? So drinking a cup of coffee will make me decide to be a smoking, unfit, couch-potato? I'm the exact opposite. Smoking and staying fit is a choice that only you can make, and beverage can't magically force you to make those choices. That statement is absolutely ridiculous.
"Is your coffee consumption to compensate for poor quality or too little sleep? Or is the caffeine possibly causing the sleep disturbance?"
No sh#@, Sherlock. Of course caffeine can disturb one's sleep, but it's the individuals fault for drinking at the time they did. Caffeine's effects only last about 2-5 hours. If the consumer isn't stupid, they won't drink any caffeine 30 minutes before they go to sleep.
The study is completely flawed, showing no data to back up the correlation between causes of death and coffee consumption. Nor does it assess many other factors that could have been cause of death. Mayo Clinic, you've dissapointed me with this ridiculous thing you call "study". Coffee causes death, my a$$.
This report is close to worthless. Is there anything inherent in the coffee bean(not the cream and sugar that is added to the coffee) that is evil for ALL people? No. Like everything else in life, it depends upon one's genes. Some people can not even handle one cup(like alcohol). I expect better from a Mayo clinic study. Please redo it.
thank you for this info now i can tell my dad to stop drinking so much coffee
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