Coffee continues to be proven in study after study as a super consumable, a beverage that can ward off disease after disease. The latest disease realized to be affected by coffee is diabetes.
A healthy daily dose of coffee has previously been found to greatly reduce the chances of getting liver cancer, of getting skin cancer, and can stave off the onset of tinnitus. Now it seems that coffee can also cut the possibility of getting diabetes by more than half.
The new study about the effects of coffee on diabetes comes from researchers in Greece and was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study states that habitual coffee drinking over a long period of time can greatly cut the risks of contracting type 2 diabetes.
The lead author of the study from the Department of Nutrition of Dietetics at Harokopio University in Athens, Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos, said the results of the study suggest that those individuals who regularly drink more than one and a half cups of coffee per day were 54 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Over 1,300 people participated in the coffee study. All of them were aged 18 and over, and they were randomly selected in Athens, Greece, between 2001 and 2002. All the participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire that asked them about their coffee drinking frequency. Participants who drank less than one and a half cups of coffee per day were labeled as “casual” coffee drinkers in the study, and those who drank more than one and a half cups per day were labeled “habitual.” Along with a section of participants who never drink coffee, the study incorporated 816 casual coffee drinkers, 385 habitual coffee drinkers, and 239 people who abstained from the beverage altogether. Blood tests were conducted on the participants to analyze protein markers of inflammation to determine each participant’s body’s capability to defeat what are determined “radicals,” meaning elements that damage cells within the body.
Ten years later, the participants in the coffee study were re-examined, and 191 participants were found to have developed diabetes, including 13 percent of males and 12 percent of women. Upon further examination of the data, the researchers at the university in Athens discovered that the participants who were labeled as habitual coffee drinkers were 54 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Though coffee has often been given a bad rap over the last few decades, with some researchers stating that it could lead to “stunted growth” in adolescents and certain mental disorders, the mounting evidence in recent years dictates that benefits of habitual coffee use outweigh any negative effects that coffee may have.
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