LONDON: Women who drink four to six cups of coffee a day are less likely to suffer from womb cancer, while men who drink the same amount are less likely to suffer from prostate cancer, says a study by Harvard University.
The researchers studied 117,000 volunteers — 67,000 women and 50,000 men over a 20-year period, the Daily Mail reported.
The effects were seen regardless of whether the people drank regular or decaffeinated coffee. This suggested the effects are not linked to caffeine.
Many people limit the amount of coffee as it can cause a rise in blood pressure, studies suggest the drink also offer health benefits. Regular coffee drinkers appeared to have a lower risk of Type-2 diabetes, colon cancer and even Parkinson’s disease.
The study found that women who drank four or more cups a day reduced risk of endometrial cancer by 25 per cent compared to those who drank less than one cup a day. A similar effect was found for decaffeinated coffee, but tea consumption had no impact. The experts also looked at coffee intake among 50,000 men. Those drinking six or more cups had 18 per cent lower risk of suffering from prostate cancer and a 60 per cent lower risk of developing its most deadly form.