If you drink a lot of coffee a new study may kill your caffeine buzz.
Men and women who drank 28 cups of coffee a week had a 21-percent higher death rate than non-coffee drinkers. Those younger than 55 had more than a 55-percent increased risk of death, according to the study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
The study followed more than 40,000 men and women. For the purposes of the study a single cup of coffee was considered 8 ounces.
Medical experts explained that the results of the study should cause panic and that negative health consequences could be avoided by limiting intake to two small cups of coffee per day.
“We don’t know whether they had other bad health habits, how strong their coffee was, did they put a lot of high-fat cream into their coffee as well,” Saint Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals’ Dr. Merle Myerson said. Everybody responds to caffeine differently, experts said. Concerned coffee drinkers are advised to speak with a doctor.
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