Avoid Type 2 Diabetes? Drink More Coffee

My husband was overjoyed.  Turns out coffee can help beat type 2 diabetes.

He, who drinks about eight to 10 cups a day, swears by it.  Since he exchanged it for Coke (he drinks iced coffee), he's lost about 20 pounds.  And, bless him, somehow he has no problem sleeping, even if he drinks it late at night.

According to newswise.com, "People (in the study) who increased the amount of coffee they drank each day by more than one cup over a four-year period had a 11% lower risk for type 2 diabetes than those who made no changes to their coffee consumption."

In addition, the study found that those who decreased their coffee consumption by more than a cup per day increased their type 2 diabetes risk by 17%.

Scientists are also finding it may prevent certain kinds of cancers, too.

"Our findings confirm those of previous studies that showed that higher coffee consumption was associated with lower type 2 diabetes risk,” said Shilpa Bhupathiraju, lead author and research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH, at newswise.com. “Most importantly, they provide new evidence that changes in coffee consumption habit can affect type 2 diabetes risk in a relatively short period of time.”

I've never liked coffee (though I love coffee ice cream).  As I've mentioned before, it's probably because my first (and only) sip of it was the morning after a seasick night,in Europe right after college. 

“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 HSPH. “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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