Drinking coffee can really help you live longer, whether or not you add sugar, according to a new study from the University of Southern Medicine

Do you take sugar in your coffee? A study by professor MAO Chen's team at the School of Public Health of Southern Medical University was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a top international journal. The study found that drinking 2.5 to 3.5 cups of unsweetened coffee a day reduced the risk of all-cause death by 29%. Drinking 1.5 to 2.5 cups of sweetened coffee per day was associated with a 31% lower risk of all-cause death.

Drinking coffee can really help you live longer, whether or not you add sugar, according to a new study from the University of Southern MedicineUsing the National Institute for Health and Healthcare Big Data supercomputing platform, the team conducted a prospective study based on a large cohort of 500,000 people to assess the association between consumption of sweetened, artificial sweeteners and unsweetened coffee and all-cause and cause-specific mortality. The study included 171,616 participants who were free of cardiovascular disease or cancer at baseline (mean age 55.6 years) and found a U-shaped association between both unsweetened and sweetened coffee and all-cause mortality at an average follow-up of 7 years.

Similar coffee curves were observed for the risk of all-cause death for both cancer and cardiovascular disease. A similar U-shaped association was observed for instant, ground and decaffeinated coffee. Coffee with artificial sweeteners was not associated with an all-cause mortality risk (not statistically significant).

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