Heavy coffee drinkers at overall increased risk of death, study says

People who regularly drink as much as 32 ounces of coffee per day are at risk. Photo: ABC7

People under the age of 55 who drink four or more cups of coffee per day are more far more likely to die - of any cause - than those who drank a more moderate amount, a new Mayo Clinic study indicates.

The study, which was released Friday morning, focused specifically on cardiovascular disease and the effect heavy coffee consumption had on the body.

Researchers looked at the cases of more than 43,000 people between the ages of 20-87 over a 31-year span and found that people who drank more than 24 to 32 ounces of coffee per day are putting their overall health at risk.

"It may be appropriate to recommend that younger people, in particular, avoid heavy coffee consumption," the study reads.

In a statement to USA Today, a spokesman for the National Coffee Assocation of the United States decried the findings, saying that they're "out of step with prevailing science."

You can read the entire study at the Mayo Clinic's website.