Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Another Reason to Enjoy Coffee!
Okay, before my patients have a HEART ATTACK, please note that I did not say a fully leaded cup of joe! Caffeine STILL causes headaches, fatigue, insomnia, heart burn, bladder irritation and breast tenderness, BUT...
A new study shows that men with high coffee use (6 or more cups per day) have a decreased chance of getting prostate cancer- specifically in this study of 48,000 health professionals, a 20% lower risk overall of developing prostate cancer, plus a 60% lower risk of developing advanced (lethal) prostate cancer. Happily, even those who averaged a more reasonable 1-3 cups of coffee per day had a 30% lower risk of the severe prostate cancer. For the record, it made NO DIFFERENCE whether or not the coffee was DECAF or regular.
Right now, 1 in 6 men will develop prostate cancer during their lives, with the average age at diagnosis being 71. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and the second leading cause of cancer death. As such, we are always looking for something that might prevent it! We know that diets high in lycopene (from TOMATOES) may help and that overly high calcium intake may increase risk. Other supplements or dietary modification may have an effect, but the jury is still out.
BOTTOM LINE: Men, if you are already a coffee drinker, enjoy a cup or two of decaf coffee each day with the knowledge that you may be reducing your risk of serious prostate cancer!
And yes, Eddie, apparently there is a Santa Claus...