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Drinking a few cups of coffee every day could keep prostate cancer at bay

Drinking a few cups of coffee every day could keep prostate cancer at bay

Having a few cups of coffee every day could help keep prostate cancer at bay and improve your chances of survival by 16 per cent, a new study reveals.

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Having a few cups of coffee every day could help keep prostate cancer at bay and improve your chances of survival by 16 per cent, a new study reveals.

The research, by China Medical University, found that coffee drinkers were 10 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer than non-regular coffee drinkers.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of the disease in the UK, with more than 47,500 men diagnosed in the UK alone every year. 

While drinking too much coffee can be bad for your health, it has been found to reduce the risk of liver, bowel, and breast cancer – until this study there had not been enough evidence to show it could benefit prostate cancer patients. 

Coffee lovers were nine per cent less likely to suffer from prostate cancer, going up to 12 per cent in heavy coffee drinkers compared to non-drinkers. 

Those with advanced prostate cancer were 16 per cent less likely to die of the disease if they drank coffee, the team found. 

Coffee lovers were nine per cent less likely to suffer from prostate cancer, going up to 12 per cent in heavy coffee drinkers compared to non-drinkers

Coffee lovers were nine per cent less likely to suffer from prostate cancer, going up to 12 per cent in heavy coffee drinkers compared to non-drinkers

Coffee lovers were nine per cent less likely to suffer from prostate cancer, going up to 12 per cent in heavy coffee drinkers compared to non-drinkers 

The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), was conducted by Dr Kefeng Wang at the China Medical University.

The researchers ‘trawled’ through data from 16 relevant studies published before September 2020 and found 15 compared high and low coffee consumption with the risk of prostate cancer – 13 measured risks linked to a cup of coffee every day.   

Combined, the different studies the team analysed reported on more than a million men of whom 57,732 had developed prostate cancer.

Coffee consumption ranged from none or under two cups on a daily basis, to nine or more brews a day, according to Dr Wang. 

‘This study suggests that increased coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer,’ he said.

There was a nine per cent less chance of developing the cancer when drinking daily coffee and a 12 per cent reduced risk if someone drinks a lot of coffee. 

Patients who already had advanced prostate cancer were 16 per cent less likely to die when drinking a cup of coffee every day, the researchers say.

Differences between the studies, which were carried out in North America, Europe and Japan, may have skewed the results.

Dr Wang said: ‘Because of the observational design of the included cohort studies, unmeasured or uncontrolled factors in the original studies may have skewed the pooled risk estimate.

‘The amount of coffee drunk may also have been misclassified as it depended on recall. And the type of coffee and brewing methods varied among the studies.

‘The design and methods of the included studies also varied, so caution in interpreting the findings is warranted.’

Urban noise can affect food and beverage experiences and possibly consumption, the multinational team of researchers suggest. Coffee tasted particularly less bitter and was perceived as having less aroma under loud noise, they found

Urban noise can affect food and beverage experiences and possibly consumption, the multinational team of researchers suggest. Coffee tasted particularly less bitter and was perceived as having less aroma under loud noise, they found

Urban noise can affect food and beverage experiences and possibly consumption, the multinational team of researchers suggest. Coffee tasted particularly less bitter and was perceived as having less aroma under loud noise, they found

This said, there is a biological explanation for their findings, explained Dr Wang.

Coffee is known to improve blood sugar levels and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

It also affects sex hormone levels, all of which could help protect against the cancer.

Dr Wang added: ‘Further research is still warranted to explore the underlying mechanisms and active compounds in coffee.

‘If the association is further proved to be a causal effect, men might be encouraged to increase their coffee consumption to potentially decrease the risk of prostate cancer.’

The findings of this study have been published in the journal BMJ Open.

BENEFITS OF DRINKING COFFEE

Caffeine has been deemed safe for consumption in doses of up to 400 mg per day for the general population. 

Studies suggest it can have a variety of health benefits, including combating liver disease and type two diabetes.

Research has even suggested it could even help people live longer.

It is the world’s most widely consumed stimulant and reports show it can boost daily energy expenditure by around five per cent.

Researchers have said combining two to four daily coffees with regular exercise would be even more effective at keeping the weight off.

A 2015 study showed just a couple of cups a day could help millions of dieters stay trim once they have achieved their desired weight. 

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