A new study shows that woman who drink 4 or more cups of coffee a day a less likely to develop cancer in the lining of their uterus.(endometrial cancer)
Harvard University researchers analyzed data on 67,000+ women between the ages of 34 to 59 who were followed for around 26 years. When compared woman who drank little or no coffee, the women who drank 4 or more cups a day were at a 25% less risk of developing endometrial cancer.
Although the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, doesn’t prove that drinking coffee was directly responsible for reducing cancer risk, the researchers say a cause-and-effect relationship is plausible. Coffee drinking has been shown in previous studies to lower levels of insulin and estrogen, and chronically high levels of both hormones have been linked to endometrial
cancer, the study notes.
The researchers urge coffee drinkers to hold the cream and sugar, however. Whatever benefits coffee may have on insulin levels would almost certainly be negated by the added calories and fat, which could contribute to insulin resistance and weight gain, they say.
Edward Giovannucci, MD, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, led the study. The findings, which were published today in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, add to a growing body of evidence that indicates coffee may offer more benefits than harm when it comes to health—and not just cancer health.
In recent years, studies have linked coffee consumption to a lower risk of liver cancer and lethal prostate cancer, as well as a lower risk of depression, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease (mainly in men), and cirrhosis of the liver. Research in mice even suggests that coffee may help protect against the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. (health.com)
Now don’t run out to your favorite coffee shop to get that extra boost just yet. Make sure you read page 2 of this article for some more information. But do remember to see you doctor on a regular basis and report anything new to him or her.