Diabetes affects nearly 375 million people around the world, making it among the most dangerous health conditions on the planet. New research indicates that regular consumption of coffee may actually lower individual’s risk of developing diabetes
Updated information from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) indicates that diabetes risk is lowered by up to 25 percent when three to four cups of coffee are consumed every day; this is compared to drinking less than two cups each day.
Each additional cup (beyond the fourth cup) may reduce diabetes risk by up to 8%.
Studies demonstrate conflicting reports about the effectiveness of regular or decaffeinated coffees. One study demonstrates similar decreases in blood sugar levels, another student shows that regular coffee is more effective than decaf in lowering diabetes risk in women.
In looking into why this decrease in diabetes occurs, researchers have developed two key theories. The first theory supports regular coffee, indicating that caffeine in coffee increases metabolism; this requires the body to burn more carbohydrates, thus lowering the body’s blood sugar and decreasing risk of developing diabetes.
The other theory is that coffee has naturally occurring chemicals which improve the body’s insulin sensitivity; this also lowers overall blood glucose levels and decreases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
More information about coffees effects on diabetes can be found at: www.coffeeandhealth.org.