Good news for those of you already reaching for your umpteenth cup of coffee of the day.
According to a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health, subjects who drank two to four cups of coffee daily were 50 percent less likely to commit suicide. This was observed in comparison to those who drink decaffeinated, very little, or no coffee.
Researchers examined data from three U.S. studies evaluating coffee and overall caffeine intake every four years. This included 43,599 men enrolled in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (1988-2008), 73,820 women in the Nurses' Health Study (1992-2008) and 91,005 women in the Nurses' Health Study II (1993-2007). The subjects shared information about their caffeine intake via questionnaires, and the studies involved 277 cases of suicide.
Caffeine has long been recognized as a stimulant (not to mention its other benefits). The researchers believe it may also act as a mild antidepressant by increasing the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline.
The study's authors emphasized that the results should not be taken as a recommendation to increase caffeine intake. Results didn't show any major distinctions between those who drank two to three cups versus four or more cups of coffee a day.
Coffee has been linked to other brain issues so it is not too surprising that it can affect mood. Maybe even self worth or feeling of belonging. Maybe as simple as having the time to kill one's self. If you are hopped up on coffee you may not have time to dwell on such thoughts.
My Grandfather did believe that God put all the things we'd need on the earth. Maybe these natural wonders are for our health. A solid reason to prevent extinction.
Gotta love those epidemiological studies that tell you basically nothing other than the curious fact that the coffee drinkers in the studies happened to be less likely to commit suicide. Did it have anything to do with coffee consumption? Impossible to tell. Until lots of follow-up research is done to identify if there is any connection between coffee consumption and suicide it's as useful as telling us that anyone who has ever eaten carrots will eventually die.
The living is the transport to death. Just avoid living and you'll be fine.
and i demand to know how they conducted the tests. methodology matters: do they have subjects actually lined up along edges of tops of building. And then feed them cuppa at certain times? And ask questions every minute as in: "How about now?......Now? no.. all right- well we still have an hour of this so take your time, eh?" -- Seriously, they fund these "science" experiments? wow, my intelligence is getting a hit.
I started to make a joke about coffee being Arabian and suicide bombers but then I felt like a bad person.
@ Wonder, as usual - LOL - nice!
@johnt007871 ... ?
obviously not bad enough to just not post anything.
While you're at it, why not include a joke about Columbian coffee and drug dealers? hey, the character and coffee ICON Juan Valdez has a Mule with him ... must be his drug mule.
damn ignorant jokes. Not funny.
It seems as though there may be a spurious variable. Emile Durkheim's research on suicide revealed those who are less socially integrated are more likely to commit suicide. Drinking coffee is usually thought to be somewhat of a social behavior; we have established spaces and places to meet to enjoy coffee and usually company (sort of like alcohol at bars - social drinks). Even if interaction with others does not occur to fulfill social integration requisites that possibly hinder at least anomic or other suicidal thoughts, maybe being in a social place is enough to at least make us feel integrated and less anomic.Just an example of one possible spurious variable anyway.
I drink lots of coffee and I haven't the slightest urge to off myself.