Men Who Drink Tea May Have Greater Risk of Prostate Cancer

Researchers from Glasgow University say that men who drink tea could have a higher risk of prostate cancer than men who don’t drink tea. 

Article written by guest writer Rin Mitchell

What’s the Latest Development?

Based on a study that tracked the health of over 6,000 men between the ages of 21-75 for a period of 37 years, men who had consumed more than seven cups of tea per day “had a 50 percent higher risk of developing prostate cancer.” The volunteers in the study were asked about their alcohol and cigarette habits, how much coffee or tea they drank, and overall general health. In previous cases, researchers have shared information about how certain types of tea have preventative effectslike green tea; however, with just under 25 percent of the men who participated in the screening and are heavy tea drinkers6.4 percent were diagnosed with prostate cancer at a follow-up visit within the 37 years. Despite these findings, the head of research at the Prostate Cancer Charity stated that the study did not take into consideration the family history or any other dietary elements of the men. 

What’s the Big Idea?

Previous studies have indicated that teas such as black and green tea have disease preventative properties, giving tea a healthy reputation. However, a study conducted over a period of 37 years recently revealed that men who were avid tea drinkers were actually more vulnerable to prostate cancer than men who did not drink tea. So, it seems too much of a good thing really can be bad for you.

How to vaccinate the world’s most vulnerable? Build global partnerships.

Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.

Susan Silbermann, Global President of Pfizer Vaccines, looks on as a health care worker administers a vaccine in Rwanda. Photo: Courtesy of Pfizer.
  • Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
  • Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
  • Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
Keep reading Show less

How to make time for exercise — even on your craziest days

A new study shows choosing to be active is a lot of work for our brains. Here are some ways to make it easier.

Personal Growth

There's no shortage of science suggesting that exercise is good for your mental as well as your physical health — and yet for many of us, incorporating exercise into our daily routines remains a struggle. A new study, published in the journal Neuropsychologia, asks why. Shouldn't it be easier to take on a habit that is so good for us?

Keep reading Show less

Jesus wasn't white: he was a brown-skinned, Middle Eastern Jew. Here's why that matters

There is no doubt that the historical Jesus, the man who was executed by the Roman State in the first century CE, was a brown-skinned, Middle Eastern Jew.

Hans Zatzka (Public Domain)/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

I grew up in a Christian home, where a photo of Jesus hung on my bedroom wall. I still have it. It is schmaltzy and rather tacky in that 1970s kind of way, but as a little girl I loved it. In this picture, Jesus looks kind and gentle, he gazes down at me lovingly. He is also light-haired, blue-eyed, and very white.

Keep reading Show less

Why American history lives between the cracks

The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?

  • History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
  • In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
  • Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
Keep reading Show less