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Keep Diabetes At Bay With A Cup Of Coffee

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The health benefits associated with coffee are widely known and well documented – and recent research has done even more to cement these favourable claims.


In particular, a promising new study has divulged that drinking up to four cups of coffee per day has the potential to cut the risk of catching Type 2 Diabetes by as much as 25%!

Diabetes is one of the most widespread and significant health problems in the world, with more than 380 million people around the globe suffering from it.

In addition, reports declare that it exerts an economic burden of approximately $580.

Stick to filtered decaffeinated coffee in the afternoon

The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Switzerland-based Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) and published on November 14 (World Diabetes Day), revealed that the greatest protection against catching diabetes arises from drinking filtered coffee over instant coffee.

What’s more, coffee drinkers can further protect against diabetes by drinking the decaffeinated variety of coffee over the caffeinated variety.

Furthermore, the scientists who carried out this investigation also concluded that drinking coffee in the afternoon, rather than the morning or the evening, is the optimum time of day.

Don’t stop at just the one!

This is perhaps the best part of the findings for coffee lovers.

That is, further cups of coffee after the first every day can make you even more immune!

The researchers, who conducted the study as part of the ISIC’s annual diabetes report, noted:

The evidence shows that drinking three to four cups of coffee per day is associated with an approximate 25 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared to consuming none to less than two cups per day

Indeed, with each further cuppa after the first of the day – and up until the fourth – you can cut slash the risk by an additional 7-8%.

The science

So, why is coffee so good at preventing diabetes?

Well the scientists suggest this is down to some of the already well documented health benefits of drinking coffee, such as that fact that it improves glucose, energy metabolism and burns more calories.

In addition, researchers noted that:

coffee could affect insulin sensitivity in the body. A 2014 study of Japanese men suggested higher coffee consumption may be protected against insulin resistance in normal weight individuals.

Another possibility is it could simply be an effect of calorie displacement, where choosing coffee over a sugary drink leads to a reduction in calorie consumption.

Over to you

What do you think about these recent findings?

Will this encourage you to drink more coffee per day?

We’d love to hear from you – be sure to send us your thoughts and comments!

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