A topic of interest in health circles lately is the link between coffee and diabetes risk. If you enjoy a cup of coffee, decaffeinated or regular, you will want to know about the interesting finding revealed about this popular beverage.
Coffee lovers have long been told about possible detriments to their health from excessive coffee consumption but new findings may have the tables turning on this beloved beverage.
Investigators conducted a massive review of past research articles to see if they could uncover a link between habitual coffee consumption and the risk of type 2 diabetes. They found that "this systematic review supports the hypothesis that habitual coffee consumption is associated with a substantially lower risk of type 2 diabetes." (1)
Studies suggest that the positive link between coffee and diabetes could be derived from either caffeinated or decaffeinated brews.
So is coffee actually a good thing to consume if you are concerned about your risk of developing type 2 diabetes? While many researchers are quick to point out that the link between coffee and a lower risk of diabetes needs further investigation, the evidence is encouraging and supports the theory that drinking more coffee may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The news gets even better for those who cherish their morning Cup of Joe.
The early research suggests that more may be better when it comes to drinking coffee to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that each extra cup of coffee consumed per day was associated with a 7% lower risk.
Those who downed 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day had an approximately 25% lower risk as compared to those who consumed 2 or fewer cups per day.
Certain compounds naturally found in coffee, such as magnesium and antioxidants may provide the explanation for this positive result. But whatever the reason scientist, those considered high risk for type 2 diabetes, and coffee lovers around the world are taking notice to the unexpected health benefits linking coffee and diabetes risk reduction together.
(1) Journal of American Medical Association. (2005). Coffee Consumption and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Retrieved from http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/294/1/97