Want To Live Longer? Try This.

Want To Live Longer? Try This.

Today, we’re taking a pause on everything dermatology to talk about new research when it comes to your lifestyle. On the list today - coffee! While coffee has had both a good and bad reputation in the press over the years, new research from two studies hopes to put those conflicting reports to rest - and I couldn’t be more relieved (I’m sure my Nashville community will feel the same).

Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the first study “found that drinking one cup of coffee a day was associated with a 12 percent decrease in risk of death,” and that drinking “two to three cups a day” decreased the risk of death by 18 percent. The second study “found coffee consumption was linked with a lower risk of death from all causes, and specifically for circulatory diseases and digestive diseases.”

Personally, I was quite surprised by the results of these studies! Here in Nashville, I only drink one cup of coffee a day, and usually don’t drink any in the evening to ensure I sleep better. However, it’s not to say that I wouldn’t mind squeezing in an extra cup of coffee - after reading this study, I’m definitely going to find the time to do so at the dermatology practice!

My relationship with coffee isn’t one that started a long time ago in Nashville. Even though I enjoyed coffee-flavored treats like ice cream, I wasn’t really a coffee drinker - up until I went to Spain. As an adult, I visited my family there and just like that, I quickly fell in love with it. From sipping a cup early in the morning to late in the evening - both prepared differently - it was such a wonderful feeling to sit in a cafe, watch passersby, chat with family and truly enjoy the moment. Just like many people with tea or a good book, it’s important to find that one thing that helps you take a pause and enjoy being present in the moment.

For many, coffee is what keeps them going - but strangely enough for me, it was what helped me slow down and relax! Being a dermatologist can be hectic, but coffee breaks have really allowed me to take a few minutes and breathe. Things have really changed now - I wasn’t a coffee drinker previously because no one my age used to have it when I was younger, but when my teenage kids told me it’s quite normal for their classmates to have coffee before school, I was mortified! I’m still hesitant to allow it as a regular habit for them, but I will let them have an occasional coffee treat in Nashville.

Like all things, always do your research! I hope bringing light to topics like this will encourage you to dive deeper into questions you may always have on your mind about your Nashville lifestyle. In our upcoming blogs, we’ll be taking a break from writing about skin conditions to focus on more lifestyle topics like eating and exercising - especially with Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s around the corner!

In the meantime, if you want to chat with a dermatologist about any of your skin concerns, please visit us at Skin Solutions Dermatology in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Smyrna, Hendersonville or Pulaski to chat with our amazing team of dermatology specialists! Take advantage of our online booking system and book an appointment today.

Source: CBS News

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD