Saturday, February 7, 2015

Coffee Consumption and Reduced Melanoma Risk

The United States population has been filled with coffee drinkers ever since the Boston Tea Party back in colonial times. In fact, the average American consumes about 3 cups a day! Recently, coffee has been associated with a lower risk of type II diabetes and liver cirrhosis. Currently, a long-term cohort study involving 440,000 individuals over the course of 10.5 years reported that individuals who reported to drink more coffee had a lower risk of contracting melanoma. Melanoma is a dangerous type of skin cancer. This finding was even true after accounting for age, sex, BMI, alcohol consumption and tobacco use, which are all risk factors for melanoma. Before you begin to consume more coffee it is important to realize that doing so may result in insomnia, nervousness, irritability, restlessness, fast heartbeat, muscle tremors and an upset stomach. Another study also reported that consuming more than 4 cups of coffee a day may raise the risk of pre-mature death, and just 2 cups per day may result in urinary issues in men. By far, the best way to prevent melanoma is to reduce exposure to UV light radiation.

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