- The University of Southern Australia conducted a study finding that drinking more than six cups of coffee a day can negatively affect cardiovascular health.
- Researchers looked at data from 347, 077 adults between the ages of 37 to 73.
So how much coffee is too much coffee? If you're java-obsessed , we finally have a solid answer.
In a new study conducted by the University of Southern Australia, researchers determined that more than six cups of coffee a day is threatening to your health, "increasing your risk of heart disease by up to 22 percent," according to the university . The purpose of the study was to explore "the ability of the caffeine-metabolizing gene (CYP1A2) to better process caffeine, identifying increased risks of cardiovascular disease in line with coffee consumption and genetic variations."
Researchers used U.K. Biobank data to examine 347, 077 adults between the ages of 37 to 73. Yes, the findings are specific to the Australian population—one in six of the country's citizens suffer from cardiovascular disease—however, the six-cup limit can also inform coffee lovers in the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the states. And last year, Reuters found that the amount of American citizens who drink at least one cup of coffee a day is at its highest-ever level.
"Most people would agree that if you drink a lot of coffee, you might feel jittery, irritable or perhaps even nauseous—that’s because caffeine helps your body work faster and harder, but it is also likely to suggest that you may have reached your limit for the time being," said UniSa researcher Elina Hyppönen. “We also know that risk of cardiovascular disease increases with high blood pressure, a known consequence of excess caffeine consumption."
Now, the purpose of the findings isn't to completely scare you away from that coveted morning latte. But it seems you should enjoy your brew in moderation, staying aware of the health risks if you're a little too coffee-happy.
"An estimated three billion cups of coffee are enjoyed every day around the world,” Hyppönen told UniSa. “Knowing the limits of what’s good for you and what’s not is imperative."