Java users who downed more than four cups a day have a high chance of dying early. That’s according to a study published this month in Mayo Clinic Proceedings that suggest heavy coffee users are hurting their health.
These finding only apply to heavy drinkers under 55, and they add to an already complicated history of studies suggesting drinking less and then more coffee.
The study followed 43,000 people over 17 years on average. During the study, 2,500 participants died, and the research suggested that men under 55 who drink a minimum of 28 cups per week were
almost 56% more likely to died than men who drank less.
Women under 55 were only 25% more likely to die, compared to women who drank less coffee.
“There continues to be considerable debate about the health effects of caffeine, and coffee specifically, with some reports suggesting toxicity, and some even suggesting beneficial effects” – Carl Lavie, Study Author
There is no clean association between the coffee and death.
The findings looked at all causes of death, instead of just one, such as heart disease. The study can’t prove cause-and-effect between the drink and death, but it seems enough to further studies and suggest young people drink less than 4 cups a day.