Drinking Coffee Lowers the Risk of Prostate Cancer – A Harvard Study

July 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

A study conducted by researchers at the Harvard Public School in Boston and recently published in the Nutrition Journal has revealed that men who consume more cups of coffee are likely to have low risk of prostate cancer.

The study revealed the antioxidant functions of both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. The findings of the study were based on the research conducted on about 6017 men studied in England.

These men enrolled in the study between 1970 and 1973. You can access the extract below for more details on this study that confirms that coffee drinking is likely to prevent you from getting prostate cancer:

Since ages coffee has been infamous for its caffeine content and adverse effects. Recent researches have revealed an important aspect of coffee consumption. Drink enough water to compensate the dehydration caused by coffee. Avoid other forms of caffeine such as energy drinks and soda that do not yield health benefits.

Studies conducted at the Harvard Public School in Boston have revealed that daily consumption of six or more cups of coffee helps you reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer by 60 percent.

The health benefits were identical with both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee because the benefits were related with antioxidants and not the caffeine present in the coffee.

It is seen that men who regularly drink coffee lower their risk of prostate cancer.

Kashif Shafique et al conducted a prospective cohort study that was published in Nutrition Journal 2012, to evaluate the connection between risk of Gleason grade-specific prostate cancer and coffee consumption.

A total of 6017 men were enrolled in this cohort study in England between 1970 and 1973 and were followed up to 31st December 2007.

The study revealed that coffee consumption was inversely proportional to the risk of prostate cancer. It was observed that men who drank three or more cups of coffee a day had 55 percent less chances of high Gleason grade disease.

Factors such as cholesterol level, systolic blood pressure, smoking, body mass index, alcohol consumption and tea intake slightly changed the statistics.

It was concluded that heavy coffee drinkers are less prone to the threat of prostate cancer as compared to non-coffee drinkers. Drinking coffee lowers the risk of prostate cancer but it does not rule out the complete threat of the prostate cancer. Source.

So, the study above is new and it highlights the health benefits of coffee as an antioxidant that can prevent cells from being damaged or cancerous. If this study is widely validated then many men would be spurred to take their destiny into their own hands by preventing prostate cancer. This they will do by consuming more cups of coffee.

However, other factors that may hinder the needed result should not be ignored. Prostate cancer approximately, kills about 30,000 men every year, therefore if coffee can lower the risks then this study is a welcomed one for ongoing prostate cancer researches.

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