Coffee Lovers Listen Up: How Raising a Mug Can Raise Your Estrogen

   By drodriguez  Feb 07, 2012

January was “International Coffee Gourmet Month” and many of our members had reason to celebrate. A recent SheSpeaks poll finds that almost 45% of us enjoy several mugs throughout the day and about 24% of us will start our day with just one cup.

Whether you are a coffee lover or just have an occasional cup, you’ve probably heard conflicting health studies on whether the caffeinated beverage is beneficial or not. From heart health to mental health, researchers always have something new to say about consuming coffee.

One of the latest studies coming from the National Institutes of Health suggests women who drink coffee may see some fluctuation in their hormone levels. A recent New York Times report discusses how coffee may affect women depending on their race.

Researchers found that Asian women who drink 200 milligrams of coffee (about 2 cups) or more had higher levels of estrogen than women who drank less. Black women saw a similar rise in estrogen levels though not as significant as Asian women.

The opposite was true for white women who actually saw a slight drop in their estrogen levels when they consumed the same amount of coffee. Though still unclear why race is a factor, researchers believe our genetic make up may help determine how we metabolize caffeine.

Since an estimated 90% of women ages 18 to 34 report consuming the equivalent of a cup or two of coffee a day, even slight effects on hormones may be significant. Author of the study, Dr. Enrique Schisterman, says, “We don’t know if there are long-term effects of these small shifts in hormonal levels” He adds that more research needs to be done on coffee and how it relates to hormone levels in premenopausal women to determine long term effects.

What do you think of the latest study suggesting coffee can affect hormone levels in women?

How many cups do you have each day?

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caren1875 by caren1875 | Lansdowne, MD
Feb 09, 2012

I love my coffee but drink a cup or two a day. I wonder if these studies were done with black coffee or coffee with cream & sugar. Creamers have chemicals, sugar affects us, and don't get me started on the colored packets of sweeteners! Interesting study but not enough for me to hang my coffee mug on yet.

mardel by mardel | SCHAUMBURG, IL
Feb 07, 2012

These kind of studies are always changing. First it's ok to drink coffee and not it's not. It's so confusing so I don't really take the studies to serious as much. I love coffee and i drink about two cups a day. Thanks

jygriebel by jygriebel | Marble, PA
Feb 07, 2012

I don't get too worried about these studies, opinions seem to change on these things within a few months. I drink three cups of coffee a day!

cocoabella by cocoabella | EL PASO, TX
Feb 07, 2012

it seems that from one day to the next we get different reports on how coffee consumption effects our health. I am going to continue to enjoy my coffee daily! love my coffee!! I drink 4-5 cups each day.