Lifestyle Health Coffee Lovers Are Almost 50% Less Likely to Die from Chronic Liver Disease, New Study Says The study conducted by Dr. Oliver Kennedy of the University of Southampton in the U.K. finds that three to four cups of coffee, caffeinated or decaffeinated, reduces your risk for CLD By Glenn Garner Glenn Garner Instagram Twitter Glenn Garner is a Writer/Reporter who works heavily with PEOPLE's Movies and TV verticals. Since graduating from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in journalism and photography, he got his professional start at OUT Magazine, The Advocate and Teen Vogue, and he's since consistently kept his finger on the pulse of the LGBTQ community. His first book The Guncle Guide was released in 2020 and was featured on Katie Couric's list of 100 recommended books of the year. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 23, 2021 06:03 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Amazon Turns out, that extra coffee might end up saving your life. Coffee lovers are 49% less likely to die of chronic liver disease (CLD) than non-coffee drinkers, according to a new study in the BMC Public Health journal. The report finds that drinking up to three or four cups of coffee, caffeinated or decaffeinated, a day reduces your risk of developing and dying from CLD. "Coffee is widely accessible and the benefits we see from our study may mean it could offer a potential preventative treatment for chronic liver disease," the study's lead author, Dr. Oliver Kennedy of the University of Southampton in the U.K., said in a statement. "This would be especially valuable in countries with lower income and worse access to healthcare and where the burden of chronic liver disease is highest." Research Reveals What Your Coffee The study, which included 494,585 U.K. Biobank participants over 10.7 years, also found that coffee drinkers are 21% less likely to develop CLD and 20% less likely to develop CLD or fatty liver disease. The number of global deaths due to CLD has risen from 899,000 to 1.32 million, according the study. Although instant coffee is also beneficial, the maximum benefit was seen in the group that drank ground coffee, which contains high levels of Kahweol and cafestol. The ingredients have been associated with reduced risks of CLD in animals. As the study's participants were predominantly white and from a higher socio-economic background, the authors hope that future research could validate their findings with a more diverse group. RELATED VIDEO: Husband Gets Anxious Ordering Wife's Customized Coffee Order The authors caution that participants' coffee consumption was only recorded when they first entered the study, which does not account for any changes in the amount or type of coffee they consumed over the 10-year period.