Drinking a few cups of coffee daily could help keep prostate cancer at bay and improve your survival chances by 16%, a new study reveals.
The research, by China Medical University, discovered that coffee drinkers were 10% less likely to develop prostate cancer than non-regular drinkers.
Coffee is known to improve blood sugar levels and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. While drinking too much coffee can be bad for your health, it has been found to reduce the risk of liver, bowel, and breast cancer – until this study, there had not been enough evidence to show it could benefit prostate cancer patients.
The team discovered that coffee lovers were 9% less likely to suffer from prostate cancer, leveling up to 12% in for heavy drinkers compared to non-drinkers, while those with advanced prostate cancer were 16% less likely to die of the disease if they drank the beverage.
The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), was conducted by Dr. Kefeng Wang at the China Medical University.
They examined data from 16 relevant studies published before September 2020. They found 15 compared high and low coffee consumption with the risk of prostate cancer – 13 measured risks linked to a cup of coffee every day.
The different studies the team analyzed report of more than a million men of whom 57,732 had developed prostate cancer.
Consumption ranged from none or under two cups on a daily basis, to nine or more brews a day.
“Further research is still warranted to explore the underlying mechanisms and active compounds in coffee.” Dr. Wang stated.