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Study: Drinking coffee can increase life expectancy

Two recent studies say that the more coffee you drink, the longer you might live / Danielle Apolinar (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Two recent studies say that the more coffee you drink, the longer you might live.

But Coliseum Medical Center Nutritionist Naomi McKensie said that while coffee does have health benefits, there's more to living a healthy life than just picking up that extra cup of coffee.

"Coffee does contain antioxidants, which help to reduce the free radicals that are in your body, so it can lower your risk of type II diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Parkinson's, dementia," she said.

But McKensie said that it is also important to look for other ways to prolong your life.

"Exercising, engaging in some form of activity, it can be walking, running, going to the gym, drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and maintaining your mental health because that also goes along with living a long and fruitful life," she said.

McKensie said that a healthy amount of coffee, where you can reap the benefits of the antioxidants, is up to four cups per day.

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