Medical professionals are studying the effects of coffee consumption on HCC
A few years ago there was a widespread opinion that coffee is said to be unhealthy. However, over the years there has been increasing evidence of the positive properties of coffee consumption. Now researchers have found that coffee can even help protect against the most common form of liver cancer.
The researchers at the University of Southampton and the University of Edinburgh found that coffee consumption can protect against so-called hepatocellular cancer (HCC). The doctors published the results of their study in the journal "BMJ Open".
Decaffeinated coffee also has a protective effect
For their work, the experts examined the data of more than 2.25 million participants from 26 different studies. When reviewing, it became clear that increased coffee consumption protects against the most common form of primary liver cancer. The same effect was also found with decaffeinated coffee.
Strong coffee drinkers have a 50 percent reduced risk of developing HHC
If people take a cup of coffee every day, they have a 20 percent lower risk of developing HCC, the scientists explain. As soon as the participants drank two cups of coffee a day, the risk was reduced by 35 percent. Consuming five cups a day has even halved the risk of HCC compared to people who don't drink coffee. The experts found that the effect was less with decaffeinated coffee.
Decaffeinated coffee could also protect people with caffeine-related symptoms
This can be important for the development of coffee as a lifestyle intervention for chronic liver disease, because decaffeinated coffee can also be consumed by people who do not normally drink coffee or who limit their coffee consumption due to caffeine-related symptoms, the doctors explain.
Coffee has a significant impact on the risk of liver cancer
It is still believed that consuming coffee leads to a number of health benefits, says author Dr. Oliver Kennedy from the University of Southampton. The latest evidence suggests that coffee could have a significant impact on the risk of liver cancer.
More research is needed
Of course, we are not now proposing that everyone should drink five cups of coffee a day, the scientists explain. More research should be done into the potential damage from high levels of caffeine and coffee.
Coffee protects against cirrhosis and liver cancer
However, current evidence is an important development given the growing evidence of HCC worldwide and the poor prognosis for this condition. We have shown that coffee reduces cirrhosis and liver cancer in a dose-dependent manner, explains author Professor Peter Hayes from the University of Edinburgh.
Coffee protects against many causes of premature death
The results of the research show that moderate coffee consumption can be a wonderful natural medicine, the expert adds. Coffee has previously been found to reduce the risk of death from many other causes as well. So, what are you waiting for? Do something good for your health and have a coffee first. The protective effects of coffee are particularly interesting because figures from the National Statistics Office show that 4,673 new cases of liver cancer were diagnosed in England in 2015 alone. (as)