It seems that we can’t go one week without some new “health scare” to give us another thing to worry about.
This week it is a warning that “men who drink lots of black tea may be increasing their risk of prostrate cancer, according to researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, who followed the tea drinking habits (and medical reports) of approximately 6,000 men between the ages of 21-75 for the past four decades.
According to the study, scientists discovered that those who consumed more than seven cups of black tea daily were twice as likely to develop prostate cancer than those who drank only three, or less cups.
This came as a big surprise according to lead author Kashif Shafique, who told the British Press Association that previous research had shown that drinking tea was found to lower the risk of cancer as well as diabetes and heart disease. Yet despite the new findings, Shafique still believes that drinking black tea may still have “an overall positive effect on health that rumps any connection to prostate cancer.”
“We found that heavy tea drinkers were more likely not to be overweight, have good cholesterol levels, and avoid alcohol. In fact, they seem to be generally healthier than their counterparts.”
As a result, Shafique concluded, “it could just be more likely that they tend to live to older ages, when prostate cancer is more common anyway.”
For more information about prostate cancer, readers are advised to speak with their urologists, or contact the Smilow Cancer Center at 333 Cedar St., New Haven, CT 06520 203 785-4141.
Editor’s note: certain holistic heath specialists have found that men suffering from acute inflammation or enlargement of their prostates may be able to find relief by taking 3-4 tablespoons of a decoction of equal measures of sea holly, gravel root and hydrangea three times daily. Adding marshmallow leaves to the mixture is also said to be helpful in reducing burning discomfort during urination. Other herbs that can help these symptoms include goldenseal, parsley, juniper berries, uva ursi and slippery elm bark, as well as ginseng.