Can Coffee Lower Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

 

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Photo Credit: Morguefile.com

Coffee lovers may have just seen the light of the heavens. A new study published in the journal Diabetologia studied the relationship between coffee and Type 2 diabetes risk. Coffee lovers rejoice with the good news! You have a new excuse to drink more coffee.

The study followed 120,000 health professionals over a four year period. The results were mind-blowing. The study shows that those who increased their coffee intake by one cup a day decreased their risk of type 2 diabetes by a whopping eleven percent. Those that decreased their intake of coffee by one cup a day increased their risk of type 2 diabetes by a startling seventeen percent!

Now hold on there just one minute Starbucks lovers, before you go and grab your third latte of the day there is something you should know. The coffee study did not include lattes or any other specialty drinks. It is strictly eight ounces of black coffee with nothing added. That may change things just a smidge. If you are still reading this and proclaiming your love of coffee even if just black, you may want to consider these conclusions are within circumstances.

As Dr. Nina Radcliff so eloquently put it, “Remain cautious, nothing is a magic bullet or shield. This new finding is exciting, but I would still recommend that my patients add this to a regimen of eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising.”

According to the study, the compounds found in the coffee that offer these benefits are phenolic compounds and lignans. It is hypothesized to improve glucose metabolism.  Coffee is also full of magnesium; that lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes.

After my discussion with Dr. Radcliff she made an excellent point. This is merely an additional piece to the puzzle of a healthy life. The information of the study is within circumstances. A person is not meant to overdo it. Coffee can increase blood pressure and heart rate.  It can also keep a person from sleeping at night, better known as insomnia. Everything in moderation, a person can add this to their regimen if they do not get tremors from the coffee or get too jittery.

Dr. Radcliff also added, “It is very interesting to know what exactly in coffee offers the benefits. Maybe we can also search for these compounds in other foods as an alternative to people who cannot drink too much coffee. This additional piece to the puzzle is meant to be just that added to the puzzle. A person should do it all, the coffee, exercise, eating healthy, and maintaining a healthy weight. All that combined is the key to a healthy and long life.”

I could not have said it better myself, Dr. Radcliff. Now coffee lovers, you have all the information to make an informed decision on coffee. So what will it be? Should the barista pass you that next cup of black coffee or are you not swayed by the results of this study to add this to your health regimen?

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