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Coffee Drinking Linked To Long Life

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Coffee drinkers may live longer, according to a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Coffee drinkers may live longer, according to a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Your morning Starbucks stop is doing more than keeping you awake -- that coffee may be helping you live longer, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Regardless of whether you choose regular or decaf, people who drank coffee were "a little more likely to live longer" than those who didn't, CBS News reports. The study, which tracked the drinking habits of more than 400,000 men and women between the ages of 50-71 from 1995 to 2008, is the largest of its kind. It was performed by the National Institute of Health and AARP.

The study put a point in favor of the caffeinated beverage (though previous studies that note the correlation between coffee and high cholesterol and blood pressure aren't wrong). While there was only a small correlation between coffee and decreased mortality, coffee drinkers did see some standout results, according to CBS News:

Compared with those who drank no coffee, men who had two or three cups a day were 10 percent less likely to die at any age. For women, it was 13 percent.

A single cup a day lowered risk a tiny bit: 6 percent in men and 5 percent in women. The strongest effect was in women who had four or five cups a day — they had a 16 percent lower risk of death.

You can upgrade that Cafe Americano from a Grande to a Venti, or try any of these anti-aging strategies below.

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