Surprising News about Coffee and Diabetes

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One of the best-known positive health benefits of drinking coffee is its impact on preventing diabetes. There is a large, large swath of evidence now accumulating to this effect.

Many large population studies show that drinking coffee, caffeinated or decaffeinated, is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Here are some very interesting statistics to ponder for those who love their coffee and perhaps for those who feel it is unhealthy:

— More than one cup a day reduced risk by 13%; two to three cups by 42%; and four or more by 47%
— Three or more cups a day proven to reduce risk by 42%-50%
— Three to six cups a day proven to reduce risk by 25%; seven or more cups by 39%
— A worldwide study with nearly 460,000 people found that three or more cups of coffee a day reduced risk by 21%; five or more by 35%; and seven or more by 49%
— Four or more cups a day proven to reduce risk by 30%
— Fewer than six cups a day for women proven to reduce risk by 29%
— Six cups a day for men proven to reduce risk by 54%
— Six or more cups a day proven to reduce risk by 22%
— Seven or more cups a day proven to reduce risk by 35%-50%
— Ten or more cups a day proven to reduce risk by 55%

The numbers vary because they’re taken from many different studies. While it seems that an exact percentage of reduced risk for type 2 diabetes has yet to be nailed down, there’s an obvious benefit.

One interesting study showed that men who drank boiled coffee were three times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who drank filtered coffee.

How does drinking coffee lower the risk of type 2 diabetes? No one has the answer to this important question. However, there is clear cut evidence that coffee drinking (i.e. more than four cups a day) is associated with higher (20% or more) blood levels of “adiponectin,” as compared to those who drank fewer than four cups a day. Adiponectin is a hormone released by fatty tissue. It is involved in many aspects of energy creation: it increases insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. Its levels are reduced in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Moreover, coffee drinking has been linked with less inflammation in the body as well as greater insulin sensitivity.




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Victor Marchione, MD received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973 and his Medical Degree from the University of Messina in 1981. He has been licensed and practicing medicine in New York and New Jersey for over 20 years. Dr. Marchione is a respected leader in the field of smoking cessation and pulmonary medicine. He has been featured on ABC News and World Report, CBS Evening News and the NBC Today Show and is the editor of the popular The... Read Full Bio »