A heavy tea drinker, who consumes seven or more cups of tea a day, is at 50 per cent higher risk of developing prostate cancer.
A study conducted by researchers of University of Glasgow revealed that consuming seven or more cups of tea in a day could increase the risk of developing prostate cancer in men.
More than 6,000 men were analysed for four decades. Men who were found to be drinking seven or more cups of tea daily had 50 per cent increased risk of prostate cancer, than those who drank only three or fewer cups of tea. Out of 6,000, almost 6.4 per cent men were heavy drinkers, and they developed prostate cancer.
Dr Kashif Shafique led the study, which started in 1970. The participants were asked to fill a questionnaire about their routine intake of tea, coffee and alcohol. Their smoking habits and general health condition were also taken into consideration and they went through a screening examination.
The findings of the study counter the previous researches, which had suggested that consuming tea cuts down the risk of developing cancer and prevents heart disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Shafique said that heavy tea drinkers are less likely to be overweight or consume alcohol and have healthy cholesterol levels. However, link between tea and prostate cancer cannot be neglected.
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