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Sedentary, Non-Coffee Drinkers At 60% More Risk Of Dying, Study Finds

Non-coffee drinkers who sit for more than six hours a day have a 60% increased risk of death

New Delhi:

A study published in the journal BioMed Central (BMC) Public Health found that non-coffee drinkers who sat for more than six hours a day had a nearly 60% higher risk of death compared to coffee drinkers who sat for less than six hours.

This suggests an elevated risk of death among sedentary people who don’t drink coffee, but not among coffee drinkers, said the researchers, who followed more than 10,000 U.S. adults for up to 13 years.

Researchers from the School of Public Health, School of Medicine, Soochow University in China also found that sedentary coffee drinkers had a 24% lower risk of death compared with non-coffee drinkers, who sat for more than six hours a day.

The results were not included in the study but were calculated at the request of The Washington Post, the media website reported.

“The benefits of coffee drinking are manifold, including improved overall survival in adults compared with sedentary behavior,” the authors wrote in their study.

Drinking coffee reduces the risk of metabolic disorders known to exacerbate inflammation that contributes to the increased risk of death from sedentary behavior, the researchers said.

In the study, the authors found that the quarter of participants who consumed the most coffee had a significantly reduced risk of death from any cause – 33% – compared with non-coffee drinkers.

The results are consistent with previous studies that have found an association between higher coffee drinking and a lower risk of death from all causes and heart disease, the researchers said.

Compounds in coffee, such as caffeine and polyphenols, are anti-inflammatory in nature, but it’s still unclear how coffee works in the body to lower mortality risk, researchers said.

The research team also found that sitting for more than eight hours a day increases the risk of death from any cause by more than 40 percent and the risk of death from heart disease by nearly 80 percent.

For their analysis, the researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which tracks the health and nutrition of Americans.

“Coffee is a complex compound, and further research is needed to elucidate this miracle compound,” the authors write.

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