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They say we believe what we want to.

And in this case, coffee lovers are going to want to believe the hell out of a new study finding that people who drink more coffee live longer.

The study looked at almost 20,000 people living in the Mediterranean who drank at least four cups of coffee every day. They were asked about their lifestyle, health and coffee-drinking habits, then followed up for ten years.

The participants’ average age was 37, and during the ten years, 337 died.

They found that, compared to people who never or rarely touched the stuff, dedicated coffee drinkers had a 64 per cent lower risk of dying early.

They worked out that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was associated with a 22 per cent lower risk of death.

And the longevity benefits of coffee were found to be the strongest for people over the age of 45, suggesting coffee might be even more beneficial for us as we age.

Lead researcher and cardiologist Dr Adela Navarro concluded:

Our findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people.

The findings coincide with another study from 2015, which found that those who drank up to four coffees a day had a lower risk of death, including decaf coffee.

Other studies have also linked coffee with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and healthy livers.

So get the kettle on, pronto.

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