A New Meta-Review of Coffee and Prostate Cancer

A new meta-study (a study which collects and analyzes the data of many other studies) as found association between daily coffee drinking and decreased risk of prostate cancer.

While this info isn’t completely new, this latest review looked at 16 different studies which included between the 16 over a million patients to determine whether or not coffee drinking might really reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.

While the meta-study cannot say why it is so, the study found the highest levels of coffee drinking were correlated with a 9% decres in the risk of prostate cancer when compared to the lowest levels of consumption.

The study authors make some educated guesses as to the reasons behind this. They stated Coffee improves glucose metabolism, decreases concentrations of plasma insulin and insulin-like growth factor-1, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, and affects sex hormone levels, all of which may play roles in the initiation, development, and progression of prostate cancer.”

Another interesting item found in the meta-review, according to its authors. Is that the more coffee you drink the lower you chances of developing prostate cancer: the rate is 1% less risk for each daily cup.

However, extreme coffee consumption is not recommended.

 

Coffee Shop Market Reports Big Losses

In the past year or so the coffee shop industry in the United States has lost about $11.5 billion according an analysis completed by the Allegra World Coffee Portal. This was almost a full quarter of the total market value, 24%.

According to the Daily Coffee news it is a first in modern history that the total number of coffee shops fell. Between shops closing and new coffee shops opening (because some new shops did open) the net decrease was 208 shops in 2020, which is far from nothing.

According to this report the coffee shop market cited here includes the big players like Dunkin and Starbucks among others. The big boys account for about 66% of the US coffee market in number of stores and these two, of course, are not losing sleep over independent cafes closing.

Reuters reported in another article that the US coffee market is not expected to get back to levels like before the pandemic until sometime in 2023.