Some great news for women who already love their cuppa joe – your daily caffeine boost can also slash your risk for one of the most common cancers.
A new study finds that women who drink at least two cups of caffeinated coffee per day may have a dramatically lower risk for endometrial cancer.
Researchers surveyed more than 60,000 Swedish women over 17 years and found that 1 percent of them ultimately developed endometrial cancer – which affects the cells lining the uterus.
Since this cancer tends to disproportionately affect older women, the average age of the diagnosis was 67.
But the researchers found that women who drank at least two cups of caffeinated coffee each day had a lower risk of getting that cancer – sometimes significantly so, depending on how much they drank and how much they weighed.
On average, each additional daily cup of coffee lowered the risk for this cancer by 10 percent, according to the study published in the International Journal of Cancer.
The researchers found that heavier women got the biggest benefits. Overweight women got a 12 percent reduction in risk for each additional cup of coffee, while obese women were able to slash their risk by 20 percent for each cup.
But since previous studies have found a strong link between obesity and this cancer, I don't think it's a good idea to remain overweight and simply drink coffee to reduce your risk.
To get the best of all worlds, lose the weight and keep sipping that joe. You'll lower the risk for endometrial cancer, but you'll also get so many other benefits.
Coffee alone has been linked to a decreased risk of Parkinson's disease, colon cancer, cirrhosis of the liver and even gallstones. Caffeine has also been shown to help prevent headaches – in fact, it's the secret ingredient in a couple of common over-the-counter headache pills.
In some people, however, caffeine can make certain headaches worse – so know your body on this one.
Losing weight will also give you a health boost far beyond a lower risk for endometrial cancer. You'll look better, feel better, lower your risk for heart disease and have a much lower chance of joining the growing ranks of America's diabetics.
And if that's not good enough for you – then it's time to wake up and smell the coffee.