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Caffeine May Alter Estrogen Levels In Young Women
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Caffeine May Alter Estrogen Levels In Young Women

A new study looks at the affects of drinking coffee and other caffeinated beverages and how they may affect estrogen in women of child bearing ages. The study found that in the changes were not universal but rather varied by the ethnicity of the woman. Additional questions were raised by the small study, prompting a call for further research to be conducted on the topic.

Dr. Engrique Schisterman, a senior investigator at the National Institute of Health and the lead author of the study which is being published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has explained that while the study's results might seem to be minimal, they are really important as the researchers continue to look at how caffeine affects estrogen levels in women in the long term, especially once the childbearing age has ended.

Schisterman's study looked at the accumulated data of 250 women, all between the ages of 18-44. Each of the women were asked to have several exams during the week of their menstrual cycle including blood work and surveys about how much they exercise, what they are eating and whether or not they smoked. Caffeine intake was also discussed with each consuming the equivalent of 90 milligrams of coffee per day, about the amount contained in a single cup of coffee. It is estimated that ninety percent of women in this age group have 1-2 caffeine containing beverages every day, but that was not limited to just coffee.

In the study, estrogen levels in Caucasian women dropped slightly while estrogen levels for Asian women increased. In both cases, the effects were considered inconsequential and unlikely to cause problems with ovulation or general health. Ironically, the study showed that the effects of caffeine from other sources, including tea and sodas raised estrogen in all races leaving researchers to wonder if other components of those beverages played a role or not.

Other studies have suggested that the caffeine is good for women's health, including one concluded late last year which revealed that regular coffee drinkers are less likely to develop uterine cancer. In that study, women who drank four or more cups of coffee every day had a twenty five percent reduction in their risk of cancer of the lining of the uterus while slightly less benefit was seen in women who drank less coffee. Additional studies suggest that coffee may protect women from the effects of depression and may have some heart health benefits as well.


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