Coffee consumption contributes significantly to the protection of the female body against cancer, but lifestyle also plays a significant role in this.
Endometrial cancer is a malignant tumor that affects the thin inner uterus (endometrium). The share of endometrial cancer accounts for up to 50% of all oncological diseases of the internal genital organs in women. According to statistical data, the prevalence of this tumor continues to increase.
Most often, endometrial cancer occurs in women aged 50-60 years. Of the factors of particular importance are long-term violations of the hormonal background (especially female sex hormones), chronic hyperplastic processes of endometrium, obesity, and the use of hormonal contraceptives.
The most important measure of early detection of endometrial cancer is regular examination by the gynecologist, and prophylaxis is reduced to maintaining normal body weight and regular physical activity.
However, according to a recent study by scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health (USA), another way of preventing this tumor is to use coffee.
Capturing this fragrant beverage significantly reduces the risk of developing endometrial cancer. Moreover, the lack of caffeine (decaffeinated varieties) practically does not affect the protective properties of coffee.
Experts have analyzed the results of the survey of over 67 thousand women who participated in a long-term epidemiological study of the state of health among American women. Over 27 years of follow-up, 672 cases of endometrial cancer were identified.
It turned out that those women who drink four or more cups of coffee a day, the risk of malignant tumor in the uterus is reduced by 30%. If good-natured women preferred caffeine-free varieties, then to reduce the risk of endometrial cancer by 22%, it was necessary to drink two cups of coffee or more per day.
Researchers have found that the protective properties of coffee are higher in the following categories of women:
- Suffering from obesity or overweight;
- Smokers and smoked before;
- In postmenopausal women;
- In women who do not prescribe hormonal substitution therapy during menopause.
Protective properties of coffee
According to a leading researcher, Professor Edward Jivianucci, a high risk of developing endometrial cancer is often associated with excessive levels of estrogen and insulin.
Coffee reduces insulin resistance, that is, the insensitivity of cells and tissues to insulin, which contributes to lowering insulin levels in the blood. In addition, coffee normalizes the balance of female sex hormones, reducing the level of estrogen.
It is possible that the beneficial effect of coffee on this is not exhausted, because coffee beans contain a lot of other plant compounds that improve the body's response to insulin.
However, researchers believe that it is still premature to recommend coffee as a prophylactic against cancer. After all, only interconnection is revealed, but no causes and clear effects.
In addition, coffee is contraindicated in a number of conditions, for example, in arterial hypertension or diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
It is unknown yet whether the protective properties of coffee add sugar, milk or cream to drink because the data were not taken into account in the study. It is possible that supplements eliminate all the benefits of coffee.