What 5 Cups of Coffee a Day Really Does to You

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Worried that your coffee addiction is out of control? Forget about it! It turns out that coffee-obsessed people are far healthier than the rest of us.

Regular coffee drinkers are less likely to die of heart disease and diabetes. And, those who knock back more than four cups per day have the lowest risk of dying young. Everything from chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and pneumonia to influenza and suicide is less likely to affect heavy coffee drinkers. 

A recent study looked at 90,317 adults from 1998 to 2009 and recorded their coffee intake as well as other basic health data.

According to lead researcher Dr Erikka Loftfield of the National Cancer Institute, “Coffee contains numerous biologically active compounds, including phenolic acids, potassium and caffeine.”

While his study found that coffee can make a major impact in overall health, he was careful to note that it’s not a cure-all. “Although coffee drinking has also been inversely associated with incidence of certain cancers, like liver, in epidemiological studies, we did not observe an association between cancer and overall mortality. This may be because coffee reduces mortality risk for some cancers but not others.’