Can that Afternoon Cup of Coffee Lower Your Risk of Diabetes?

Photo of cup of coffee can lower diabetes LocateADocFor centuries humans have known and appreciated the powerful and positive effect of coffee on our health and wellness. Coffee is a great, all-natural way to stay alert and focused in any situation. The little green beans are roasted and then brewed in a huge variety of ways across cultures and countries. We sit down to a cup of java to read the paper in the morning or pound one at night to meet that impending deadline. Now, a recent study has shown that coffee can be an effective way to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Diabetologia, a research journal focused on the study of diabetes, conducted a 20 year study that allowed them to monitor different lifestyles and habits of thousands of people. They looked at factors like exercise levels and alcohol intake to determine what things cause or put us at risk for the disease.

For the study, the researcher monitored three groups; one that increased their coffee intake by one cup a day, those who kept their intake the same, and another that decreased their intake by that one cup or more a day. They found that, other health and wellness factors aside, the group who increased coffee intake on a daily basis for 4 years decreased their risk for type 2 diabetes. Conversely, the group who reduced their intake for 4 years had an increase in their risk level for the disease.

What causes this? Well, the doctors and scientists who worked on the study don't exactly know what it is about the coffee that can change a persons risk factor. Coffee has long been known to have antioxidants and other beneficial chemicals, but also the negative effects of caffeine are well documented.

Should you go out and slam a dozen shots of espresso for fear of type 2 diabetes? Probably not. Although, drinking that second cup of mud after lunch isn't the worst thing could could be doing.

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Further Reading

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