A Little "Joe" May Help the Fight Against Heart Disease Death

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Female coffee drinkers appear to be less likely to die from heart disease than non-drinkers, a new study finds.

Esther Lopez-Garcia, assistant professor of preventive medicine at Autonoma University of Madrid, Spain, and colleagues analyzed data from 84,214 and 41,736 men. Coffee consumption was assessed first in 1980 for women and in 1986 for men and then followed up every two to four years through 2004.

Study participants completed questionnaires on how frequently they drank coffee, and were asked about other dietary habits, smoking, and health conditions. The researchers then compared the frequency of death from any cause, death due to heart disease, and death due to cancer among people with different coffee-drinking habits.