5 ways coffee can improve your health

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Recognizing National Coffee Day on Sept. 29

If you love a good cup (or two) of morning joe, there are new reasons to keep sipping your favorite brew. Here are five ways coffee can improve your health:

  1. Heart disease – In the United States, every 34 seconds someone has a heart attack, and every minute a person dies from heart disease, reports the Heart Foundation. Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death, claiming more lives than all types of cancer combined. However, drinking coffee regularly may reduce the risk. In reviewing 36 studies with over 1 million people, researchers found that those who drink 3 to 5 cups every day had a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
  2. Colon cancer – Over 50,000 people in the U.S will die from colorectal cancer in 2017, reports the American Cancer Society. It’s the third-leading cause of cancer deaths among women and second-leading cause in men. Research shows that drinking coffee while recovering from the disease can be beneficial. A study of people diagnosed with stage-three colon cancer, who had successfully completed chemotherapy and radiation, found that 40 percent of those who drank 4 or more cups of coffee daily had lower incidences of the cancer returning, and 33 percent were less likely to die from colon cancer as compared to those who didn’t drink coffee.
  3. Diabetes – Every year, more than 1 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. Doctors report that people who drink 3 to 4 cups of regular or decaffeinated coffee daily can decrease their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, people diagnosed with diabetes should consult with their doctor before drinking coffee.
  4. Alzheimer’s disease – Over 5 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s. It’s the sixth-leading cause of death, and it affects more women than men. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, researchers believe that drinking coffee may help treat the disease. One study found that mice treated with caffeine had lower levels of an abnormal brain protein that contributes to the disease.
  5. Lower death rate – A review of over 35 studies with more than 2 million people revealed that those who regularly drink 3 to 5 cups of coffee daily reduced their risk of death, especially in comparison to those who had only 1 cup.