Listen up all of you tired, sleep-deprived college students: a study recently showed that heavy coffee drinkers who are under 55 years old and drink more than four cups of coffee a day have a higher risk of death. These findings were not found in older people.
The study suggest that perhaps genetic factors might put heavy coffee drinkers at greater risk of death or coffee might contribute to cancer, causing the deaths. Also, the study found that those who smoked and had less healthy lungs were more likely to drink large amounts of coffee.
In addition, there have been conflicting reports that show heavy coffee drinking can actually reduce the risk of cancer, heart failure and other conditions.
Until more research is done, college students should watch how much coffee they drink. Yes, we know how important that final exam in O-CHEM is and you have to stay up all night to study for it - but limit the number of cups of coffee you drink. You should keep your coffee intake below four 8-ounce cups a day, get enough sleep and maintain a healthy diet.
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