Coffee may lead to longer life, study says

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A new study suggests that drinking coffee may boost your chances for a longer life.

The study, published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that coffee drinkers had a 10 to 15 percent lower chance of death over 10 years than those who don’t drink coffee.

The study included nearly 500,000 people between the ages of 38 and 73 in England, Scotland and Wales.

And the benefits of coffee don’t seem to be limited by the type of coffee you drink or how much you consume daily.

The longevity boost was seen with both caffeinated and decaf coffee and both instant and ground varieties, while any differences based on the amount consumed deemed minimal.

The researchers aren’t exactly sure why drinking coffee might boost longevity, although lead author Erikka Loftfield, a researcher at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, pointed out to The Associated Press that coffee is rich in antioxidants.

Other studies have found that coffee may help fight inflammation and affect how the body uses insulin, possibly reducing the chance of diabetes.