Coffee may protect men against lethal form of prostate cancer

May 19, 2011 in Cancer Prevention, Men's Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

Coffee may protect men against lethal form of prostate cancer
According to new researcher findings from Harvard researchers, men who regularly drink coffee appear to have a lower risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer.  What's more, the lower risk was evident among men who drank either regular or decaffeinated coffee.

To investigate, researchers examined the link between coffee consumption and the risk of prostate cancer in over 47,000 U.S. men.  Study participants reported their coffee consumption every four years from 1986 to 2008. During the study period, 5,035 cases of prostate cancer were reported, including 642 fatal or metastatic cases.

Researchers found that men who consumed the most coffee (six or more cups daily) had nearly a 20% lower risk of developing any form of prostate cancer. 

The protective effect was even stronger for aggressive prostate cancer. Men who drank the most coffee had a 60% lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer.

What's more, researchers found the reduction in risk was seen whether the men drank decaffeinated or regular coffee, and does not appear to be due to caffeine.  Even drinking as little as one to three cups of coffee per day was associated with a 30% lower risk of lethal prostate cancer.

A growing body of research is suggesting that coffee may have widespread health benefits, including reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and dementia.

The latest findings were published in Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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