Coffee Can Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk, Study Says

Friday, 25 Apr 2014 06:25 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Yet another medical study has found that coffee may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, and this one tied the number of cups a person drinks every day to how that risk is affected.

Published in the journal Diabetologia, the study looked at how changing coffee consumption might impact type 2 diabetes risks. It found that people who added an extra cup of coffee every day to their routine lowered their risk of getting type 2 diabetes by 11 percent, CNN reported. People who decreased their coffee intake by a cup a day increased their risk of the disease by 17 percent.

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The data was gathered from analyzing 120,000 health professionals who have been observed long-term. Researchers tracked a four-year time period to reach their conclusions.

“For type 2 diabetes, up to six cups per day is associated with lower risk," Shilpa Bhupathiraju, Harvard School of Public Health and lead study author, told CNN. "As long as coffee doesn't give you tremors, doesn't make you jittery, it is associated with a lot of health benefits."

Scientists aren’t sure why coffee seems to impact type 2 diabetes risks, but in looking at animal studies, determined that some of the drink’s chemicals may improve glucose metabolism, CNN said. Coffee also has a lot of magnesium, which Bhupathiraju said lowers type 2 diabetes risk.

The type of coffee you’re drinking does make a difference. Specialty drinks like lattes and mochas weren’t included in the study; instead, it was a simple eight-ounce cup of black coffee, which can contain milk or sugar, that was researched.

"These findings further demonstrate that, for most people, coffee may have health benefits,” said Frank Hu, senior author and professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, in a news release. “But coffee is only one of many factors that influence diabetes risk. More importantly, individuals should watch their weight and be physically active."

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