Coffee may guard against diabetes

June 28, 2006 in Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Coffee may guard against diabetes

According to recent study findings published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, six or more cups of coffee every day could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 20 percent. In the case of decaf coffee, it reduces the risk to over 30 percent, suggesting the benefits are not a result of caffeine.

The study analyzed the diet of over 28, 000 post-menopausal women using food frequency questionnaires. Results showed that about half of the women drank between one to three cups per day, over 5000 drank four or five cups and nearly 300 drank more than six cups per day. Researchers found the group that drank more than six cups had a 22 percent lower risk of developing diabetes. Decaf coffee drinkers had a 33 percent lower risk.

While significant further research needs to be done, researchers are looking into a compound, other than caffeine in coffee to be responsible for the protective effects.

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