Too much coffee may endanger health

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August 16, 2013

A new study from the Mayo Clinic Proceedings has found that under 55s who drink more than four cups of coffee a day may be at greater risk of an early death. But, as The Innovation Trail’s Kate O’Connell reports, it’s not as bleak as it seems.

Tracking nearly 44,000 people for more than a decade, this study looked at lifestyle factors such as coffee consumption, diet, exercise, and smoking, and tracked the number of deaths in the group.

The results showed people under 55 who drank more than 28 cups of coffee per week were more likely to die of any given cause than people who drank less.

Dr. Chad Teeters is Chief of Cardiology at Highland Hospital. He says there have been a flurry of reports like this one in recent years, but they’ve all come to different conclusions.

Teeter says when it comes to coffee, he gives his patients the same advice he gives for many other guilty pleasures, everything in moderation.

“As long as you’re being mindful and getting in exercise, and you’re trying to do the stress relieving things, and you’re doing the other healthy things you need to do, a couple of cups of coffee a day are certainly not going to be something you need to be worried about.”

Teeter says he’s much more concerned with the growing consumption of energy drinks which deliver the caffeine of four or more cups of coffee in just one can.

He also says it’s important to note that this study showed a correlation between high levels of coffee consumption and early death, not a cause and effect relationship.