Coffee Intake: Risk Factor for Higher Mortality in Men, Not Women Interview with:

Xuemei Sui, MD, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Exercise Science
Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
921 Assembly Street Room 226
Columbia, SC 29208 What are the main findings of the study?

Answer: Coffee intake was a risk factor with higher mortality in men, but not in women. Men who drank more than 28 cups of coffee weekly had a 21% higher risk of dying when comparing with their non-coffee-consuming peers.  In addition, younger men (age<55 years) who drank more than 28 cups of coffee weekly had a 56% increase in mortality from all-cause and younger women had a greater than 2-fold higher risk of all-cause mortality than those who did not drink coffee. What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Answer: MODERATION is key. Drinking 1-4 cups per day coffee seem safe and avoid heavy coffee consumption especially for people who are younger than 55 year. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Answer: Future research should examine other causes of death such as cancer and investigate the mechanism between coffee intake and health benefits or risks.


Association of coffee consumption with all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality

Junxiu Liu, MD; Xuemei Sui, MD, PhD; Carl J. Lavie, MD; James R. Hebert, ScD; Conrad P. Earnest, PhD; Jiajia Zhang, PhD; and Steven N. Blair, PED

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research n Mayo Clin Proc. 2013;nn(n):1-9


Last Updated on August 22, 2013 by Marie Benz MD FAAD