Being a heavy tea drinker could be harmful for men after a new study found that people who drink seven or more cups of tea in a day had 50 percent higher risk of suffering from prostate cancer.
The study was conducted by researchers at Glasgow University who monitored the tea drinking habit of more than 6,000 participants. The researchers found that while heavy tea drinkers were less likely to have high cholesterol, be overweight or consume alcohol, they had an increased risk of developing prostate cancer.
The researchers suggested that they could reduce the risk of the cancer if they cut their tea intake by at least one cup every day. "I was surprised when we discovered there does seem to be a link. We don't know whether tea itself is a risk factor or if tea drinkers are generally healthier and live to an older age when prostate cancer is more common anyway", lead researcher Dr Kashif Shafique said.