If you are among those who love their hot cups of tea and if you are a man, a new study says that you might be at risk of developing prostate cancer, reports the Hindu. However, you need to consume seven or more cups of tea in a day to fall in the high-risk bracket. The study conducted by researchers at University of Glasgow issued this warning after tracking over 6000 men for 40 years.
The study found that men who consumed more than seven cups of tea in a day had a 50% higher risk of contracting prostate cancer. The findings have since been published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer.
- The study began in 1970 and included participants in the age group of 21 to 75 years.
- The men completed questionnaire regarding their habits of tea consumption, coffee, alcohol, smoking and general health.
- Only ¼ of the 6000 men were heavy tea drinkers.
- 6.4% of men who drank over 7 cups of tea daily contracted prostate cancer over the next 37 years.
- Researchers found that men who consumed more tea were teetotalers and led healthy lives. The healthy life style could reduce risk of death due to other causes and allow them more time to eventually develop prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is an age related cancer.
The study negates previously published research that suggested that tea drinking lowers risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease.
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