Women who drink four cups or more of caffeinated coffee appear to lower endometrial cancer risk
That morning cup of coffee just seems to be brewing up the health benefits. Among those benefits in a cup has included decreased risk in prostate and liver cancer, diabetes, gall stones and Parkinson’s disease. Now, coffee has added a new benefit inside that morning cup.
That morning cup may now cut the risk for women developing endometrial cancer. In the United States 46,470 will be diagnosed this year. An estimated 8,120 deaths will occur due to the disease. The endometrium is the tissue lining in the uterus or womb. According to emedicinehealth “endometrial cancer occurs when cells of the endometrium undergo a transformation and begin to grow and multiply without the control mechanisms that normally limit their growth. As the cells grow and multiply, they form a mass called a tumor. Cancer is dangerous because it overwhelms healthy cells by taking their space and the oxygen and nutrients they need to survive and function.”
Harvard School of Public Health researchers examined information from 67,470 women who had taken part in the Nurse’s Health Study 1980. Over 26 years, there had been 627 cases of endometrial cancer among the participants.
The study’s results had discovered that consumption of four or more cups of coffee daily decreases the risk of endometrial cancer by 25% in comparison to consuming less than one cup daily. Drinking tea had no shown benefits. However, decaffeinated coffee just may be helpful, consuming two or more cups of the decaffeinated brew was associated (provisionally) by a 22% decreased risk for the cancer.
Dr. Edward Giovannucci, M.D., S.c.D., professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and co-author of study, had cautioned ‘this study does not prove cause and effect.” He continued to note that this observation has been suggested in the past and now there is a strong reason to believe that the link is real.
Dr. Giovannucci had given a few explanations for this association. Women who have higher estrogen and insulin levels are at high risk for endometrial cancer and coffee appears to decrease both levels.
Women who have diabetes are also at a higher risk and coffee has been linked to a lower risk of diabetes. Therefore, many factors could be involved.
Coffee has the highest levels of antioxidants and any number of those could have a beneficial aspect.
Researchers also suggest that routine exercise and diet may also have a part in decreasing the risk for endometrial cancer.
One thing with coffee researchers point out that by adding cream and sugar those added calories and fat just may undo the benefits from that cup of joe.
This study is published in last weeks Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
It appears that coffee’s health benefits may outweigh any health risks of coffee.
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