Coffee can cut risk of prostate cancer by 20 percent


May 31, 2011

A new study led by The Harvard School of Public Health has concluded that drinking that cup of coffee to wake up can do a lot more than just give people their morning jolt. The healthy compounds in the popular beverage can help prevent inflammation and regulate insulin, which can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Researchers followed data from 47,911 American men over 20 years and found that those who drank the most coffee also seemed to experience the most benefits. Participants who indulged in six or more cups a day had a 20 percent lower chance of getting prostate cancer. The group who reported drinking one to three cups of coffee each day saw their risk for a lethal form of prostate cancer cut by 30 percent.

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"Few studies have specifically studied the association of coffee intake and the risk of lethal prostate cancer, the form of the disease that is the most critical to prevent. Our study is the largest to date to examine whether coffee could lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer," said senior author Lorelei Mucci.