Drinking lots of tea cuts risk of prostate cancer

Seeing today’s headline I remembered one from about a month ago given exactly the opposite view – both backed by “scientific” research.  Scientists, medics, dieticians etc just can’t make up their minds about so many things which can be good and bad for you.  Just live by the maxim “a little of what you fancy does you good!”

Anyone for Tea?

Earl Grey,
Lady Grey?
A cup of tea from far Cathay?
Let’s hear what the papers say.
Here’s a headline from today –
Just drink lots of tea a day
and prostate cancer’s kept away.

Assam,
Lapsang
Souchong,
Oolong,
Ceylon,
Orange Pekoe.
Not so long ago I know,
back in June,
the media sang a different tune ……….

Earl Grey,
Lady Grey,
Darjeeling.
The headline then was not appealing.
You got the feeling
drinking too much tea a day
and prostate cancer’s on its way!

Tea’s good,
tea’s bad.
Within a month, we have had
conflicting views
about the brew.
Feel confused?
I do.
So what’s new?
What to do?
You choose.
Maybe we should stick to booze ……….

Red wine good,
red wine bad,
the world’s gone mad!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

26th July 2013 – headline from the Daily MailNotes:  “Drinking more than five cups of tea cuts risk of prostate cancer by a third.”  Men who drink five or more cups daily have a 33 per cent lower risk of developing stage IV prostate cancer, scientists found.  They also have a 25 per cent reduced risk of reaching stage II, compared with those who drink just one cup a day.  It is believed naturally occurring compounds in tea called flavonoids inhibit cancer cells from forming tumours.

However, this conflicts with a headline back in June:  “Male tea drinkers may be at greater risk of prostate cancer.”  (headline from the BBC).  Men who are heavy tea drinkers may be more likely to develop prostate cancer, according to new research.  A team from Glasgow University tracked the health of more than 6,000 male volunteers over a period of 37 years.  They found men who drank over seven cups of tea per day had a 50% higher risk of developing prostate cancer than moderate and non tea drinkers.

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