Do you need a cup — or four — of coffee to get you going in the morning? Well, according to new research, your caffeinated coffee habit has a new benefit. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have found that those who drink four or more cups of coffee a day may reduce their risk of endometrial cancer risk by 30 percent.
Prefer your brew decaf? You still might benefit. According to the study, women who drink two or more cups of decaf also show a reduced rate benefit of about 22 percent. There are about 46,000 new cases of endometrial cancer each year and 8,120 deaths are expected from the cancer in 2011, according to The American Cancer Society.
Researchers aren't sure why coffee may help reduce the risk of endometrial cancer, but they suggest that it may do with coffee's and caffeine's ability to improve insulin levels and decrease estrogen. It could also be natural compounds in the coffee that have a positive health benefit.
While researchers say that those who don't already drink coffee shouldn't pick up the caffeinated habit to reduce their risk now, the research is still a positive perk for those who already like their morning java. As is the case with most research, more study is needed. Do you drink coffee? How many cups a day?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.