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Live Longer, Healthier Through Coffee? Studies Find a Link

Many of us joke that we can’t live without our morning coffee. But a pair of new studies suggests that drinking coffee is associated with longer life and lower instances of cancer or chronic disease.

Does this mean you should drink an extra-large macchiato with caramel and extra whip every morning? No. It’s  important to note that the researchers say only their results show an intriguing association. More research is necessary to find out why, they say. And those add-ons can submarine your healthy eating efforts.

One cup a day

Result of both studies recently appeared in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

In one study, researchers from University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine surveyed more than 185,000 African-Americans, Native Americans, Hawaiians, Japanese-Americans, Latinos and whites over a 16-year period.

They found that people who consumed one cup of coffee a day were 12 percent less likely to die compared to those who didn’t drink coffee. Coffee lovers who drank two to three cups a day reduced their chances of death by 18 percent and had lower instances of cancer or chronic diseases.

The effects were present whether people drank regular or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting that caffeine is not the only cause, the researchers say.

More of coffee’s potential beneficial effects

In the second study, scientists analyzed data from more than half a million people across 10 European countries, including the United Kingdom, to explore the effect of coffee consumption on risk of mortality.

Results showed  that higher levels of coffee consumption were associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes, particularly from circulatory diseases and diseases related to the digestive tract.

The second study is the largest analysis to date of the effects of coffee-drinking in a European population.

Consistent with some previous studies

The results of the two studies are consistent with what some previous studies have found about coffee drinkers, says Michael Roizen, MD, a wellness expert at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Roizen did not take part in the study.

Previous studies looking for a link between coffee consumption and health outcomes have revealed conflicting results. However, large studies in the United States and Japan have since revealed a possible beneficial effect of drinking coffee on risk of death from all causes.

Previous research also has connected coffee consumption with a decreased risk for developing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases as well as improved control of type 2 diabetes.

“Those people lived longer and had decreased immune dysfunction, decreased cancer rates, decreased cardiovascular disease rates, decreased liver dysfunction and decreased immune dysfunction,” Dr. Roizen says.

Drink it black

The key to getting all of coffee’s purported benefits, however, is to not drink it with high-calorie, high-fat add-ons such as cream and sugar, sugary flavored syrups or whipped cream, Dr Roizen says.

“The things you want to avoid: added sugar, added syrups, and, of course, added cream,” Dr. Roizen says. “So drink your coffee black, whether it’s decaf or not.”

The good news is that most people are fast metabolizers, meaning that they usually suffer no ill effects from drinking coffee, Dr. Roizen says.

People who are slower metabolizers can experience headaches, irregular heart beat and gastric upset after drinking coffee. If this is you, it might be best to skip that morning cup of joe.

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/07/living-longer-healthier-through-coffee-studies-find-a-link/


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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