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Hot tea ups esophageal cancer risk in smokers, drinkers

Hot tea ups esophageal cancer risk in smokers, drinkers”

The researchers also found that people who reported taking their tea burning hot were also more likely to smoke, drink alcohol daily, drink more cups of tea a day, and take stronger tea.

The study was conducted in China and surveyed approximately 500,000 adults over the course of 9 years.

If you're a frequent smoker or drinker you may want to think twice about consuming hot tea, in order to decrease your risk of developing esophageal cancer, a new study discovered.

Now, before you get too anxious, the researchers readily admit that scalding tea doesn't seem to affect those who are not smokers or drinkers; there was no increased risk of esophageal cancer observed. People were asked to answer questions about their tea, alcohol and cigarette consumption. "Excessive alcohol consumption" was defined as 15 grams or more of alcohol per day - slightly more than that found in a 12-ounce glass of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine or a 1.5-ounce shot of distilled spirits. Furthermore, it is unclear if any association is separate from alcohol and tobacco use. But hot tea alone does not seem to increase the risk of cancer when someone does not drink alcohol or smoke.

Drinking burning hot tea wasn't linked with risk of oesophageal cancer in non-smokers. However, a new study suggests that drinking hot tea may have serious negative consequences for some of us. Do you like a classic builder's with enough sugar to stand a spoon up in or a mug of warm milk that has just been kissed by a tea bag.

"Those of us who drink hot beverages often should be prudent and wait for the liquid to cool a bit first", Farin Kamangar and Neel Friedman, two public health researchers in United States academic institutions, wrote in a commentary in the same issue of the journal.

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While the results may sound alarming, researchers say there is an optimal temperature for your drinks. "It's very, very hot". "But even in the hot areas, which is in the Northeast and West Coast, most people will be adding something to it, whether it's a little sweetener or lemon", slightly decreasing the liquid's temperature.

Lead author Dr. Jun Lv at the Peking University Health Science Center said, "Although several studies have demonstrated inhibitory effects of tea against tumourigenesis in the digestive tract, chronic thermal injury to the esophageal mucosa may initiate carcinogenesis".

Previous research has suggested that damage to the protective lining of the esophagus increases the risk from other things, such as excessive drinking and smoking, they note.

"Tea is probably one of the most studied food and beverages in the world today", Goggi said.

Those who engaged in all three of these habits showed a fivefold increase in the risk for this type of cancer compared with their peers who did not drink tea at high temperatures, drink alcohol, or smoke cigarettes.



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