Women benefited from drinking about 4 cups daily, study suggests
Ladies, a heavy coffee habit might do more than perk you up. New research suggests it may also reduce your risk of endometrial cancer.
Using data on more than 456,000 women from two large ongoing studies, researchers evaluated the dietary habits of more than 2,800 women diagnosed with cancer of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. Compared to women who drank less than a cup a day, those who drank about four cups daily had an 18 percent lower risk of getting this cancer, they found.
“We were not surprised by the results that a high versus low intake of coffee was associated with a reduced risk for endometrial cancer, because they were consistent with what has been observed in previous studies,” said study leader Melissa Merritt. She is a research fellow in cancer epidemiology at Imperial College London in England.
“We used similar methods to investigate the association between coffee intake and endometrial cancer as previous studies,” she said. “This is important so we can compare results across different studies.”
One trial concluded 37 ounces of coffee daily reduced endometrial cancer risk by 18 percent. The other found a similar reduction associated with 26 ounces a day.
The new study was published in the February issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
Merritt’s team evaluated 84 foods and nutrients. “For most other dietary factors, there was no consistent association with endometrial cancer risk,” she said.
The researchers found a link, but not a cause-and-effect relationship, between coffee drinking and lower risk of endometrial cancer. And the study did not differentiate between decaf or regular, so Merritt said she can’t comment on whether one is better than the other.
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SOURCE: WebMD News from HealthDay