Both studies were published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The first, from a team of researchers at the National Cancer Institute, University of Southern California, and the University of Hawaii, looked at the coffee drinking habits of over 185,000 Americans across all race and ethnicity types -- for an average of 16.2 years apiece. They found that, compared to the 16% of people who didn't drink coffee at all within the researched group, those who did were less likely to have died during the study period.
Specifically, they found that people who drank two or more cups a day were 18% less likely to die, while people who only gulped modestly -- between one and six cups per week -- were 12% less likely to die. All in all, they determined that the more coffee one drank, the less likely they were to die from a majority of the 10 leading causes of death in the US, including heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease.