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 and Cancer Warnings

So in California, your coffee must now come with a warning. A cancer warning. Why? Because of a substance called acrylamide. It is a chemical that is formed during the roasting of the beans. Acrylamide is also formed when making toast. It is found in potato chips. And French fries. It can be found in cookies. It is found in just about any starchy food that is heated to higher temps.

Acrylamides are thought to be a carcinogen. So a judge in California has ruled that coffee needs to come with a cancer warning. Major chains will need to start carrying the warning. Even though there is no proof that coffee itself is harmful, if you visit California, you will see these warnings.

Are You Drinking Your Tea (or Coffee) Too Hot?

There recently was a study done that linked drinking tea while too hot may lead to esophageal cancer if you also smoke or drink alcohol. Also acid reflux can play a part in this. This study was printed in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organization, this cancer is the eighth most common cancer worldwide. There is low survival rate for this cancer. Approximately 400,000 do not survive this cancer annually.

So to conclude, let your tea (or coffee) cool down before drinking it. Or switch to iced tea or cold brew!