Drinking coffee has been associated with a wide range of potential health benefits including improved life span, decreased risks including depression, prevention of heart attack, and prevention of certain types of cancers. However, a recent study has suggested that there might be some downside to consuming morning brew on a daily basis. Researchers have found that when you drink more than two cups of coffee or tea every day, it might increase your overall chances of developing lung cancer in the long run. The findings of the study by the researchers were presented on 31st March at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting.
Role of Coffee in Boosting Cancer Risk
The link between coffee consumption and increased cancer risk has been associated with smoking habits as well. This is because people who tend to smoke on a daily basis consume more coffee and tea. In the all-new study, a group of researchers has analyzed relevant data from over 17 various studies that comprised of around 1.2 million individuals from Asia and the United States. The studies revealed that individuals who had the habit of drinking tea or coffee or even smoked cigarettes on a daily basis had a higher risk of developing lung cancer in the long run.
Factors Affecting the Risks
The study also revealed that the overall risk of a person developing cancer did not change significantly between races, ages, or the type of tea or coffee people used to drink. Both caffeinated as well as decaf varieties were observed to impose the same level of risks. In fact, decaf coffee was observed to portray a 15 percent higher risk in comparison to caffeinated coffee as per the researchers. However, the researchers have explained that these are only observational changes. The researchers believe that it is not caffeine that is behind the risks of developing cancer. It might be something in the typical roasting process of coffee that might induce the risk. The study comes with certain limitations as well. However, it is still important to take a note of one’s diet on a regular basis by including healthy items to avoid the risks of developing cancer.