Love your tea steaming hot? Well, if smoking and drinking is also part of your daily agenda chances are you are damaging the tube that connects your throat to your stomach.
In fact, having these habits as part of your lifestyle that has found to increase your risk of developing esophageal cancer by five-times, claims a recent study!
The study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reveals that people who drank tea alone without the inclusion of other two habits (smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol), however, didn’t have a significant effect on developing cancer.
“Keeping away from both tobacco and excessive alcohol use is the most important means for esophageal cancer prevention,” said study co-author Dr. Jun Lv of Peking University Health Science Center in China, reported the New York Post.
“Under this increased risk of esophageal cancer from smoking and drinking alcohol, if people like drinking very hot tea, the risk of developing cancer will be synergistically higher,” Lv said by email.
The researchers in the study noted that China was one of the countries with the highest cases of esophageal cancer.
That’s because tea drinkers in China, especially men, have a tendency to smoke and drink as well. The damage hot tea could cause damage to the tissue lining the esophagus could increase the risk of internal injury through factors like smoking and drinking, speculate the authors of the study.
Although previous research has shown that tea can help protect against tumors in your digestive tract, consistent consumption of very hot food and beverages can damage your esophagus and help the growth of tumors as well, stated the researchers.
“Drinking tea at a lower temperature should not be considered as a replacement for smoking cessation and limiting alcohol intake,” Freedman said by email, as reported by the New York Post. “Nevertheless, accumulating data suggest that drinking very hot tea may also increase the risk of esophageal cancer and it may be prudent for people who drink very hot beverages to wait until it cools down a bit before drinking, whether or not they also smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol.”