By Jonathan Springston, Associate Managing Editor, AHC Media

A cup of coffee a day could reduce the risk of dying from heart disease and other ailments, according to a study released this week.

After following more than 200,000 doctors and nurses for up to 30 years researchers found nonsmokers who consumed one cup of coffee per day lowered their risk of death by 6 percent. At one to three cups per day, the risk of death was lower by 8 percent. And for three to five cups per day, risk of death was lower by 15 percent. Researchers noted that while the results are encouraging, this is only an observational study, which makes it difficult to draw more concrete conclusions.

In December, Internal Medicine Alert contributor Joseph Scherger, MD, will have a more thorough analysis of this study and weigh in on what it means for patients. Be sure to check back with reliasmedia.com soon to read about it.

For further nutritional news from Dr. Scherger and other Internal Medicine Alert physician writers, be sure to check out these articles from recent issues:

Eat Right, Preserve Your Memory, and Stay Happy

Eat Breakfast, Fix Insulin Resistance in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

The Mediterranean Diet Plus Extra Virgin Olive Oil May Improve or Maintain Cognitive Function in Mature Adults