Your Prostate on Coffee
It's a fact that many different lifestyle choices may or may not have an effect on your prostate cancer prognosis. It could be a glass of wine at dinner, or even prolonged sitting.
Today I want to talk about something that’s near and dear to my heart: a cup of coffee.
Will a cup of coffee hurt your prostate cancer prognosis?
There’s been a lot of research done on coffee’s effects on the body, with and without regard to its caffeine content. According to the research, coffee isn’t bad for your prostate cancer prognosis at all; it’s actually very good for you.
A quick run-down of the health benefits of coffee for the diagnosed...
Several recent studies indicate that consuming coffee protects against prostate cancer, including high-grade or fatal prostate cancer (Cao, Liu, Yin, Liu & Lu, 2014; Lu et al., 2014). A few cups of coffee a day also decrease cardiovascular risk, risk of fractures (only for males), and all-cause mortality.
Let’s see that in a list:
The benefits of daily coffee:
- Decreased risk of prostate cancer
- Decreased cardiovascular risk
- Decreased risk of fractures
- Decreased risk of dying from anything
In terms of studies that looked specifically at coffee’s effect on prostate cancer prognosis, we don’t know as much. One study in 2013 found that drinking coffee before diagnosis led to a better prognosis. But as for the direct effect of drinking coffee after diagnosis, we don’t know. However, this doesn’t mean we can’t make smart decisions based on other knowledge we do have.
After all, there are a lot of other factors besides coffee that have equal (if not greater!) effects on prostate cancer risk and prognosis.
So, we don’t know a lot. What should you do?
Don’t worry about a cup of coffee, or even three. As I said in previous posts on the health benefits of coffee, the right amount of coffee is up to you. There seem to be long-term benefits as well as short-term ones, but you also have to weigh the cost of substance dependency.
In my 21-day reset plan, which I designed to help the recently diagnosed to clean up their cancer’s “home”—their body—I typically advise patients not to drink any coffee. Yes, this means that a lot of them go through some pretty bad withdrawal symptoms as their bodies flush out toxins that have built up over many many years. But if we’re talking about living longer—not dying—I think a few foggy days are more than worth it.
If you’re ready to reset, I invite you to take a look at my 21-day plan as a starting point to living your best life. I explain it all in my new book, Thrive Don’t Only Survive. I'll even give you a free copy if you're interested.
The Bottom Line
Coffee is a great part of my day, and it can be a great part of yours. Although you should be wary of dependency, regular coffee consumption seems to have long-term health benefits—and that includes your prostate!
Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac, C.N.S., is a renowned naturopathic doctor recognized as an authority in integrative management of male and urological conditions. Dr. Geo is the founder and director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC), a center of excellence in research and integrative treatments for urological conditions.
You can read more at DrGeo.com.
Cao, S., Liu, L., Yin, X., Wang, Y., Liu, J., & Lu, Z. (2014). Coffee consumption and risk of prostate cancer: a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Carcinogenesis, 35(2), 256-261. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgt482
Geybels, M. S., Neuhouser, M. L., Wright, J. L., Stott-Miller, M., & Stanford, J. L. (2013). Coffee and tea consumption in relation to prostate cancer prognosis. Cancer Causes & Control, 24(11), 1947-1954.
Lu, Y., Zhai, L., Zeng, J., Peng, Q., Wang, J., Deng, Y., . . . Qin, X. (2014). Coffee consumption and prostate cancer risk: an updated meta-analysis. Cancer Causes Control, 25(5), 591-604. doi: 10.1007/s10552-014-0364-8