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Your Latte-A-Day Habit Might Be the Secret to a Long Life

So don't suddenly start thinking coffee is the elixir of life. But if you're reaching for your second...or third...cup today, don't feel too guilty. After all, it's part of a healthy diet.
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Young woman drinking out of an orange cup on a blue backdrop
Young woman drinking out of an orange cup on a blue backdrop

by Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue

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Good news, friends. That Starbucks addiction (don't lie to us, we know it's real) might actually be good for your health.

According to a new study in the journal Circulation, people who drink coffee regularly (that's one to five cups daily) have a lower risk of death when compared to those who don't drink coffee. Over 200,000 men and women (mainly health professionals) were asked to self-report their habits every four years for three decades. Those who reported fueling up with a cup of java on a regular basis showed a lower risk of dying from things like heart disease, diabetes, and suicide. And that risk dropped even lower when looking at coffee drinkers who were also non-smokers.

This is great news for those of us who just aren't human without our espresso in the a.m. And if you've been avoiding the caffeine jitters, have no fear; decaffeinated coffee is also associated with the lowered risk of mortality. And as long as you're keeping it to under five per day, researchers say "results from this and previous studies indicate that coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle," according to Time.

Before you mainline double-shot lattes, though, keep in mind there's no causation shown in the study -- that is, there's only a link between sipping some joe and staying alive. So don't suddenly start thinking coffee is the elixir of life. But if you're reaching for your second...or third...cup today, don't feel too guilty. After all, it's part of a healthy diet.