July 11, 2017 11:42am CST
There is some new research out that claims that drinking coffee can actually help you to live longer. Supposedly, each cup prolongs your life for approx. 9 minutes. The amount of coffee I drink, especially at work, could mean that instead of my expected 3 score years and 10 I could be looking at living until the ripe old age of 137. I'm not sure this is good news!! As someone who is planning on retiring at 55 I hadn't anticipated I could be looking at 82 years of retirement. Not sure the pension funds will quite stretch to that unless I develop the ability to live on a couple of grand per year. Now I'm not planning on living a lavish lifestyle during retirement but by the time I've paid for slippers, cardigans and incontinence pants I can't see there being a whole lot left over to buy the obligatory pipe! On the bright side there are areas where I'll be able to save money. It's a well known fact that as a man ages his trouser waistband moves further and further up his body. My calculations indicate that by the time I hit 107 my waistband should have moved so far North that my ties will be able to double as a belt and I won't need a shirt at all. Although where the hell you buy trousers with sleeves I really don't know. Perhaps there are special shops. And just one final thing. At what age does a pensioner get out of bed in the morning, open up his wardrobe and think to himself "I've got sod all to do today, except sit around in a curmudgeonly fashion and potter down to the shops for cat food getting in everyone's way in the process. I think I'll wear a smart jacket, a shirt and a tie?" I mean really!! What is that all about?
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• Melbourne, Florida
@WorDazza That is the exact same way I am. I can drink all the tea I want and nothing ever happens. I love the smell of fresh coffee brewing but will only have some once in a blue moon as long as I am not going out for the day.
• United States
@WorDazza I will just say.."Hey, I'm walkin here
• Marion, Kansas
We are running into the coffee puzzle ourselves. Hubby has Afib. Hospital let him have all the coffee he wanted, but personal physician says he should only have one cup daily. Hubby thinks this is a real problem. He needs more than one cup daily. Then I read about two studies that give the results you are sharing. What's a guy to do? I hope your cat will keep your retired self plenty busy and active.
• Austin, Texas
I have noticed more reports about people living to 120+ years. That may or may not be due to their coffee consumption. Not sure. Quite frankly, I think the birth records could be wrong. True story. We never really knew my dad's age. None of us ever saw his birth certificate and he was from another country. He always said he was born at the turn of the century in 1900 and that's how we reckoned his age. If the year was 1968, then my late father was 68 years old. If it was 1972, then he was 72 years old. I honestly don't know what we might learn if we ever dug up the official documents. Same thing with those who are supposedly 120+ years. How do we know their birth records are accurate? Just saying.
• Manchester, England
It is a common problem in many countries. There have been a number of cases where football (soccer) players from some African countries have been bought by clubs on the basis they were about 21 years old and extremely talented. The clubs buy them expecting them to reach their physical peak by the age of about 28. After a couple of years these players have drastically declined. It turns out that they were really about 29 or 30 when everyone thought they were 21.
• United States
@WorDazza It could be different. Now days young people seem to be unwilling to keep their pants pulled up and Pajamas are considered normal in public. As a result you may be better to go to the pajama side of attire! FYI prolonging life is counter productive to addiction so it may be a new way to make people quit drinking it! LOL
• Riga, Latvia
I work at home from my PC. Every day I make sure I put on some comfortable clothes so that I am not in my nightgown all day. I have things to do around the house and I also make sure that I keep busy on and off the PC. My hubby is retired and he is constantly saying he has not time for half of what needs to be done in the house and out in the garden. The idea is to keep healthy and to keep busy and enjoy life.
• United States
Oh my, you made me laugh out loud! I think we'll both live about the same amount of time because I do love my coffee!! Don't worry about all the added years, though. In about 18 months they'll come out with a study that tells us that drinking more than half a cup of coffee a day causes Alzheimer's, heart problems, hair loss, kills libido, or all of the above. They'll probably also say it makes us gain weight. Then two years later they'll find it's the fountain of youth.
• Orangeville, Ontario
My mother is 92 (93 in October). I don't think she participates much in the events that are going on at her residence. During my recent visit she said she is not ready to die. In the past she has said that she is. She does have dementia. But she is not living much of a life. That concerns me for her and myself. Though I haven't worked in 20 years due to illness and I haven't been living much of a life either. But I am making strides towards doing more. As for the coffee, I think that wouldn't only help if it was just black coffee (no sugar, no cream).
• Bunbury, Australia
And the amount of time you spend jogging prolongs your life by precisely the same amount so where's the point in that? And there is certainly no fun in it! You like that word 'curmudgeon' don't you? It's very hard to say - or at least I find it so.