Since ages, coffee is very popular and is loved by almost all people. People enjoy coffee at any time of the day, but generally, the expectation arises in the morning during breakfast and as an evening drink with snacks (Coffee and liver Cancer). People enjoy coffee as they have craving for it, but knowingly or unknowingly they are making their liver happy.
Recently in a study, it is revealed that drinking coffee may be associated with a lower risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer. The study was conducted by researchers from Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland and noted that coffee is one of the most commonly consumed beverages worldwide. In earlier studies also it was shown that there are many health benefits of coffee, which could be due to its high levels of antioxidants.
A recent report for the study which took place in the UK over 7.5 years was published in the British Journal of Cancer. In this study, the researchers looked at the coffee-drinking habits of 471,779 participants in the UK Biobank. It was one of the largest studies of middle-aged individuals in the world. The findings were very interesting. It revealed a reduced risk of hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common form of liver cancer in coffee drinkers compared to non-coffee drinkers. It was the first study to investigate the risk of digestive cancers according to the consumption of different types of coffee and it was found that the risk of HCC was very low in people who drank mostly instant coffee, the type most commonly drank in the UK. In India too, instant coffee is loved by the majority of people.
Coffee and liver Cancer
The fifth most prevalent type of cancer occurring worldwide is liver cancer and the fourteenth most prevalent in Europe. Studies revealed after looking at the relationship between coffee consumption and risk of liver cancer have reached the following crux.
- One of the major analyses suggested a 40% reduction in the risk of hepatocellular cancer for any coffee consumption compared to no coffee consumption.
- Results from a 2015 multicentre prospective European cohort study further strengthened the existing research regarding the inverse association between coffee/tea and a reduced risk of hepatocellular cancer.
- A study conducted in 2016 with respect to dose-response meta-analysis, suggested a closed linkage between coffee consumption and a reduced risk of liver cancer, showing that coffee drinking is inversely related to liver cancer risk.
- One more case-control study was conducted in Hong Kong among chronic hepatitis B virus carriers (a group at higher risk of developing liver cancer) found that moderate coffee drinkers, having coffee 4 times a week or more, had a 59% lower risk of developing liver cancer than non-coffee drinkers. It was also surprising to know that the risk of evolution of hepatitis C to cancer was found to be reduced by 22% for each cup of coffee consumed, and consuming 3 cups daily reduced the risk of disease progression by 62%.
- A study published in 2015 investigated the association between liver cancer and biological markers, concluding that the inverse association of coffee intake with hepato-cellular cancer risk was partly accounted for by biomarkers of inflammation and hepatocellular injury.
- IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) also concluded that the evidence showed a consistent and statistically significant inverse association between coffee consumption and liver cancer in its 2016 review of studies done.
Finally, it has been said that basically there are 2 mechanisms for coffee’s association with a reduced risk of developing liver cancer (Coffee and liver Cancer) and also a slower progression of liver disease.
- Cirrhosis is a major risk factor for the development of liver cancer and coffee has been shown to inhibit the elevation of hepatic trans-aminases, markers of hepatic disease.
- Coffee helps in reducing the level of iron circulation in the body and this reduces the risk of liver cancer.
The role of antioxidants and other coffee components are yet to be investigated further. But it is good news for coffee lovers. They can enjoy coffee as many as they want.
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