ATLANTA– Drinking coffee has actually been connected to a multitude of health advantages, such as a longer life expectancy, and a reduced threat of conditions consisting of anxiety, cardiovascular disease and particular cancers

However a brand-new research study recommends that there might be a disadvantage to your early morning brew: Scientist discovered that consuming 2 or more cups of coffee or tea might increase an individual’s threat of lung cancer

The findings existed on March 31, here at the yearly conference of the American Association for Cancer Research Study. [10 Things You Need to Know About Coffee]

Of note, the link was even real for nonsmokers. Since individuals who smoke cigarettes are likewise most likely to consume coffee and tea, it was challenging in previous research studies to disentangle the impacts of these beverages from those of smoking cigarettes, in establishing lung cancer, stated lead research study author Jingjing Zhu, a Ph.D. trainee at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

In the brand-new research study, a worldwide group of scientists examined information from 17 various research studies that consisted of an overall of 1.2 million individuals in the U.S. and Asia. The research studies kept in mind whether individuals consumed coffee or tea or smoked cigarettes. About half were nonsmokers.

The individuals were tracked for approximately 8.6 years. Throughout that time, more than 20,500 individuals established lung cancer.

The scientists discovered that nonsmokers who consumed 2 or more cups of coffee a day had a 41 percent greater threat of lung cancer than those who didn’t consume coffee. Likewise, nonsmokers who consumed 2 or more cups of tea a day had a 37 percent higher threat of lung cancer than non-tea drinkers. (Since information was drawn from several research studies, the precise meaning of a cup differed.)

The research study likewise discovered that an individual’s threat didn’t alter substantially in between ages, races or the kind of coffee individuals consumed– both decaf and caffeinated coffee appeared to be connected with comparable dangers. In reality, decaf coffee was connected with a 15 percent greater threat than caffeinated coffee, Zhu stated.

Still, Zhu kept in mind that “this [was] just an observational research study” and didn’t show cause-and-effect. However the scientists assume that it isn’t caffeine that lags the link. Rather, it might be that something in the roasting procedure is driving the link in between coffee and lung cancer threat, Zhu informed Live Science.

The research study had a number of restrictions. For instance, although the individuals were tracked for many years after the research studies began, information on smoking cigarettes and coffee and tea consumption was determined just one time, at the start of the research studies. So if individuals altered their habits throughout the years, it might have altered the outcomes, Zhu stated.

What’s more, if nonsmokers were exposed to pre-owned smoke— which wasn’t represented however might likewise increase lung cancer threat– that might have likewise manipulated the outcomes, she stated.

Dr. Julie Fisher, an oncologist at the Levine Cancer Institute in North Carolina who was not part of the research study, stated that the findings were “intriguing” and “engaging,” however kept in mind that due to the fact that it’s an association finding, she “definitely would not reason based upon this.”

Nevertheless, though there’s still a lot more research study required, Fisher informed Live Science that she concurred that “possibly there’s something in the [coffee brewing] procedure” that’s driving the link.

Other coffee findings provided at the conference were more reassuring: Consuming coffee wasn’t connected with an increased threat of glioma or colorectal cancer in males and females; nor was it connected with bladder cancer or kidney cell cancer in male cigarette smokers. Coffee was discovered to be connected with a lower threat of breast cancer in post-menopausal ladies and tea with a lower threat of glioma in ladies. In both males and females, decaf coffee was discovered to be connected with a lower threat of colorectal cancer.

The findings have actually not yet been released in a peer-reviewed journal.

Initially released on Live Science