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Conflicting Studies About Coffee And Health Brewing Up Confusion

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Conflicting studies about coffee and your health are brewing up confusion.

"I don't know if it's good for me. Is it bad? Should I drink it? Should I not?" says coffee drinker Bridget Fields. "I find the information confusing, but I just drink it anyway (laughs). I drink like 10 cups a day."

But, a recent study says maybe she should learn to live without it...or perhaps not quite so much of it. The study found that people under age 55 who drank 4 or more cups a day were 50% more likely to die during the course of the 16-year study. And, we're talking about 8 ounce cups of coffee, not the giant drinks that many people like to order.

Coffee might hurt you by increasing your chances of getting gastrointestinal cancer, plus:

"The stimulant from coffee with caffeine could cause irregular heart rhythms," says Dr. Scott Wright, a cardiologist with the Mayo Clinic.

But...and it's a big but...several other studies have found that coffee is actually good for you - decreasing the likelihood that you'll get Alzheimer's, Type II Diabetes, and other diseases.

So what's a java lover to do?

"When you smell coffee, you know that it's time to get your day going," Bridget says.

Some doctors say you can hedge your bets...-

"As Mark Twain once said, everything in moderation," says Dr. Wright.

So, maybe instead of ten cups a day, try sticking to fewer than four.

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