Should You Drink More Coffee?

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You can add another potential benefit of getting more vitamin D.

A recent study using data from trials at Creighton University found that high levels of vitamin D may help reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer.  The research looked at more than five thousand woman age 55 and older.  They found that women with vitamin D blood levels of 60 nanograms per milliliter or more had an 80 percent lower risk for breast cancer than those with levels of 20 nanograms per milliliter.  20 nanograms per milliliter has been considered adequate for bone health.  The research also found that between 20 and 60 nanograms per milliliter, the higher the blood level, the lower the risk of breast cancer.

The study does not prove higher vitamin D levels prevent breast cancer though… just that there is an association and of course, more study is needed.

More good news for coffee lovers… especially those who drink quite a bit!

A recent study showed that drinking a lot of coffee per day was linked to a lower risk of early death… even in those who drank eight or more cups a day.  According to the study… people who drank eight or more cups of coffee a day, had a 14 percent lower risk of dying over a 10 year study period compared to those who didn’t drink coffee.

The lead researcher did caution that this doesn’t prove coffee caused people to live longer.  He also said the results didn’t change if the coffee was decaf or caffeinated… but that the non-caffeine components might be behind the benefits.

Finally… new research is showing a connection to outdoor air pollution… even levels considered safe… and and increased risk of diabetes globally.

The study comes out of St. Louis.  The researchers looked at particulate matter like dust, dirt, and smoke.  In diabetes… pollution is thought to reduce insulin and trigger inflammation.  Researchers estimated that pollution contributed to more than 3 million new diabetes cases around the world in 2016.  

The findings raise the hope that reducing pollution may in turn, lead to a drop in diabetes cases.

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Can drinking more coffee help you live longer? Learn more about a recent study that may have coffee drinkers smiling! Also learn about a potential new connection between vitamin D and breast cancer and a link between pollution and diabetes!

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