Posted by: Chris Maloney | May 25, 2013

How Can You Make Your Man A Tea Drinker?

Age-standardised death rates from Prostate can...

Age-standardised death rates from Prostate cancer by country (per 100,000 inhabitants). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Drinking tea is hardly a manly sport. Oh sure, James Bond can get away with having a cup of tea. But it’s always a highly charged event, with poison or pistols involved at a moment’s notice. Bond only drinks tea so he can upset the tea ceremony and chuck the hidden ninja out the back window.

How about tea and Nascar? Not going to happen. A google search on the official Nascar tea turns up the unofficial Nascar teabag, but that’s a PG-13 reference, not a refreshing brew.

So how can you get your fella to sit down and have a cuppa? Talk to him about his prostate. That’s right. The small gland right behind the family jewels really likes tea. Tea drinkers (two or more cups a week) had almost half the risk of developing prostate cancer as those who did not imbibe. Drinking coffee made no difference. Study abstract below for the geeky fellas.

For the ladies already imbibing, there’s more good news.
Tea consumption was inversely associated with bladder cancer.


Cancer Causes Control. 2013 May;24(5):941-8. doi: 10.1007/s10552-013-0170-8. Epub 2013 Feb 15.

Associations of tea and coffee consumption with prostate cancer risk.

Geybels MS, Neuhouser ML, Stanford JL.


Department of Epidemiology, GROW School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands,



Tea and coffee contain bioactive compounds and both beverages have recently been associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer (PCa).


We studied associations of tea and coffee consumption with PCa risk in a population-based case-control study from King County, Washington, USA. Prostate cancer cases were diagnosed in 2002-2005 and matched to controls by 5-year age groups. Logistic regression was used to generate odds ratios (ORs) and 95 % confidence intervals (CIs).


Among controls, 19 and 58 % consumed at least one cup per day of tea and coffee, respectively. The analysis of tea included 892 cases and 863 controls, and tea consumption was associated with a reduced overall PCa risk with an adjusted OR of 0.63 (95 % CI: 0.45, 0.90; P for trend = 0.02) for men in the highest compared to lowest category of tea intake (≥2 cups/day vs. ≤1 cup/week). Risk estimates did not vary substantially by Gleason grade or disease stage. Coffee consumption was not associated with risk of overall PCa or PCa in subgroups defined by tumor grade or stage.


Our results contribute further evidence that tea consumption may be a modifiable exposure that reduces PCa risk.

PMID: 23412806


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