Sunday, January 22, 2006

Can Coffee Cut Your Breast Cancer Risk?

A recent study suggests drinking coffee may reduce the risk of breast cancer in women with a family history of the disease.

Researchers monitored 1,690 women in four countries. Women who consumed at least six cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 70 percent lower risk; those who had four to five cups a day had a 25 percent reduced risk and those who drank one to three cups a day had a 10 percent reduced risk. No benefits were recorded in decaffeinated coffee drinkers.

Please, don't interpret this as an excuse to hit your local coffee shop for a super-sized caffeine kick. Coffee studies tend to conflict quite a bit. Consumption may also impede your body's ability to keep homocysteine and cholesterol levels in check, likely because they inhibit the action of folate and vitamins B12 and B6.

There are more reliable steps you can take to virtually eliminate your risk of cancer and skip the energy spike and crash typical of caffeinated drinks. If you don't curb coffee drinking, I urge you to at least skip the milk and sugar, which are even more dangerous than the coffee itself.
MSN Health News January 4, 2005

International Journal of Cancer, Vol. 118, No. 1, July 2005: 103-107

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