You may shy away from drinking too much coffee too avoid feeling a bit jittery or high-strung. But guess what? A new Harvard study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reveals that these side effects come with a surprising benefit: Lowered risk of fatal prostate cancer.
According to the study, drinking six or more cups of coffee per day can lower your risk of fatal prostate cancer by up to 60%. Interestingly, researchers observed a decreased risk of prostate cancer in men regardless of whether they drank decaf or caffeinated coffee, which suggests that the benefit comes from a property in coffee that isn't caffeine. Read on for the full findings…
New study ties drinking six or more cups of coffee per day to a lower risk of fatal prostate cancer
This new study, the largest of its kind, was led by Kathryn Wilson, a research fellow in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston in the United States. It involved approximately 48,000 men who were part of the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, which has tracked the relationship between dietary factors and health conditions such as cancer
and heart disease
To reach their findings, Wilson and her team examined data from this long-running study. Every four years between 1986 and 2006, the men in the study reported how much coffee they drank as part of regular diet questionnaires. The team found that during the follow-up period, which lasted through 2008, 5,035 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer
. In 642 of those cases, the prostate cancer
was considered fatal, meaning the tumours spread or the men died of the cancer.
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The team tied coffee consumption to only a slightly lower risk of all prostate
cancers, but a notably lower risk for fatal cancer. They found that men who drank at least six cups of coffee per day were up to 60% less likely to have fatal prostate cancer compared with those who drank no coffee at all. Men who drank one to three cups of coffee per day had a 30% lower risk of fatal prostate cancer.
Researchers aren’t certain how coffee may fend of aggressive prostate cancers…
Wilson and her team admitted that they aren’t sure how coffee why stave off fatal prostate cancer but not others, but they did suspect that insulin levels – which go up and down with coffee intake – are likely involved.
“Insulin levels don't seem to be related to risk of prostate cancer overall, but do seem to be related to the risk of progression of prostate cancer,” Wilson explained.
Who would’ve guessed that consuming more coffee could lower your risk of fatal prostate cancer? If you’re a coffee lover, we bet this news made your day!