A new “Diabetes Drug” has been found in an expected place. According to WebProNews, a new report from the Institute for Scientific Information of Coffee (ISIC) shows that drinking three to four cups of coffee per day could lower a person’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes. So when you brew your daily cup of morning joe you can claim you’re just taking your diabetes medicine…just don’t add sugar!
At the 2012 World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and Its Complications (WCPD), researchers highlighted the evidence showing that three to four cups of coffee per day can cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 25 percent. Another study has shown that each additional cup of coffee reduces the relative risk of type 2 diabetes by seven to eight percent.
“A dose-dependent inverse association between coffee drinking and total mortality has been demonstrated in general population and it persists among diabetics,” said Dr. Pilar Riobó Serván, a speaker at the WCPD session and associate chief of Endocrinology and Nutrition at Jiménez Díaz-Capio Hospital in Madrid. “Although more research on the effect of coffee in health is yet needed, current information suggests that coffee is not as bad as previously considered!”
Coffee in of itself is not a miracle-working diabetes drug. While the correlation between coffee and diabetes prevention has been established, researchers were to quick to say that people should avoid unhealthy habits like smoking or low levels of physical activity that are frequently associated with drinking coffee. Additionally, correlation does not necessarily indicate causation so researchers looked for why coffee has this healthy side effect.
Researchers proposed an Energy Expenditure Hypothesis, suggesting that caffeine stimulates metabolism and increases energy expenditure. Another Carbohydrate metabolic Hypothesis claims that coffee components could influence the glucose balance in the body. Other hypotheses speculate that coffee components could improve insulin sensitivity through various mechanisms.
In short, researchers don’t know exactly why coffee acts like a diabetes drug but know that it can when used appropriately. How will this diabetes news change your coffee drinking habits in the future?