Coffee May Help Reduce The Risk Of Diabetes

Research indicates that drinking coffee may help lower the risk of a person developing type 2 diabetes.  Diabetes is the most common endocrine disorder.  It is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin.  Insulin is a hormone needed to convert starches, sugar and some other foods into the energy needed for daily life.  Although the cause of diabetes may be a mystery it appears that both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise contribute to the risk factors for the disease.

Researchers wanted to see if there was a link between drinking coffee and green, black and oolong tea.  Those taking part in the study completed a questionnaire about their lifestyle habits, their health and how much coffee and tea they drank.  After a period of five years they completed the same questionnaire again.

Considering other factors the researchers found that the more green tea and coffee the participants drank, the less likely they were to develop diabetes.  Those who drank six or more cups of green tea or three or more cups of coffee each day were about one-third less likely to get diabetes.  There did not appear to be a pattern for those drinking black or oolong tea.

Another study found that people drinking four or more cups of coffee per day had a 50% lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

Chinese researchers have found three major compounds in coffee that may be the reason coffee is helpful in reducing the risk of diabetes. The compounds in the coffee block the accumulation of a toxic protein which may be responsible for an increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes.   These three compounds are caffeine, caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid.  Of these three compounds the caffeic acid is best and the caffeine is the least good of the three compounds.

Decaffeinated coffee contained a higher percentage of caffeic acid than regular coffee.  For this reason decaffeinated coffee may be even better at reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes.  Studies have indicated that for those who already have type 2 diabetes decaffeinated coffee is better for them than coffee with caffeine.

In women vitamin D and calcium may lower the risk for type 2 diabetes.  In a study over a period of 20 years over 80,000 women participated.  At the end of the study 4,800 women developed type 2 diabetes.  These women took smaller amounts of vitamin D and calcium than others in the study.  The researchers found that the women who took a combined intake of over 1,200 milligrams of calcium and over 800 units of vitamin D indicated a 33% lower risk for developing diabetes than those taking the lower amounts.

Research to determine whether or not coffee consumption reduces the risk for developing diabetes is still ongoing.  To reduce your risk of developing diabetes you need to lead a healthy lifestyle that includes physical exercise and eating a sensible healthy diet.  If you are overweight, now is the time to take charge of your life and get rid of those excess pounds.