Coffee for the Prostate?

Friday, July 22, 2011 • Chicago, IL 60657

Coffee may lower teh risk of lethal prostate cancer, says a new study.

Researchers tracked nearly 48,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study from 1986 to 2006. Those who drank one to five cups of coffee a day had about a 30 percent loewr risk of lethal (fatal or metastic) prostate cancer than those who consumed no coffee. Men who drank at least six cups a day had a 60 percent lower risk. It didn't matter if teh coffee was regular or decaf.


What to do: One study isn't enough to prove that coffee prevents lethal prostate cancer, but it's good news for coffee drinkers.

Six cups of coffee may sound like a lot, but one grande at Starbucks (16 oz) puts you a third of the way there. Five percent of the men in the study drank at least six cups (8 oz) a day, and 19 percent drank at least four cups.