Many of us enjoy a morning cup of coffee for that caffeine jolt to get our day started. But did you know? Recent research has indicated that drinking coffee can have a number of other benefits including a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Recently updated research was presented at WCPD (World Congress for the Prevention of Diabetes). The report suggested that drinking several cups a day may reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
The studies have shown that this level of coffee consumption is linked with a decreased risk of approximately twenty five percent, when compared to those who drink less than two cups each day or none at all.
Other studies have suggested an inverse responsive effect with additional cups reducing the risks by a further seven to eight percent.
The good news is that it isn’t necessary to suffer from a caffeine overload. A study out of Harvard University, analyzed the potential benefits presented by both “caffeinated and decaffeinated” coffee beverages. The study concluded that both types of coffee may result in a “lower risk of type 2 diabetes”.
This is very good news for those who are concerned about caffeine, especially since caffeine has been linked to impaired metabolism of glucose in those already diagnosed with diabetes.
Several studies out of Duke University have documented adverse effects from caffeine on blood sugar levels. Participants in the study were given caffeine and dextrose capsules or placebo pills of dextrose.
The team found that while caffeine had little effect on fasting glucose levels or the response of insulin, it did worsen the symptoms after a meal, increasing insulin levels by forty eight percent, compared to the twenty one percent experienced by the placebo group.
So, next time you reach for that third cup of coffee in the morning, don’t feel guilty and instead consider that you may be actually reducing your risk of developing diabetes so long as you don’t overload it with cream and sugar.