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Too Much Tea may Cause Prostate Cancer


Too Much Tea may Cause Prostate Cancer

(epharmanews)- The more a man drinks tea, the more he is likely to develop prostate cancer, according to research conducted by scientists at the University of Glasgow and published in the journal ‘Nutrition and Cancer’.

Lead author, Dr. Kashif Shafique of the Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow, found that men who had more than seven cups of tea per day had a 50% higher risk of developing prostate cancer compared with non-tea drinkers or those drinking less than 4 cups per day, after tracking the health of more than 6,000 male volunteers over a period of 37 years.

This study began in Scotland in 1970 and collected the data of about 6,000 male volunteers who were at least 21 years old and not more than 75. They were asked to complete a questionnaire about their usual consumption of tea, coffee, alcohol, smoking habits and general health, and attended a screening examination.

A little less than quarter of the participants drank tea heavily and 6.4% of them developed prostate cancer during a follow up of up to 37 years. Men who had more than seven cups of tea a day had a significantly increased risk of prostate cancer compared to those who drank no tea or less than 4 cups per day, researchers found.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men in Scotland and between 2000 and 2010 incidence increased by 7.4%.

“Most previous research has shown either no relationship with prostate cancer for black tea or some preventive effect of green tea. We don’t know whether tea itself is a risk factor or if tea drinkers are generally healthier and live to an older age when prostate cancer is more common anyway.” Commented Dr. Shafique.

“We found that heavy tea drinkers were more likely not to be overweight, be non alcohol-drinkers and have healthy cholesterol levels.  However, we did adjust for these differences in our analysis and still found that men who drank the most tea were at greater risk of prostate cancer.”


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