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Study says You Can Fight off Diabetes or Coffee


Good news for coffee and tea drinkers. They are less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who do not indulge. In fact, a new study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine finds that people who drink three to four cups a day lower their risk of type 2 diabetes. The study also found that it does not matter whether the drinks are caffeinated or not, said the study,

While previous studies had pointed out the protective role of caffeine in fighting diabetes, scientists voice doubts about its efficacy. The study reviewed 18 separate articles in this field, drinking coffee and tea considerably lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Those who drink coffee are one-third less likely to develop diabetes, whereas drinking three or more cups of tea per day lowers the risk of the disease by 18 percent. Those drinking more than six cups of coffee a day were at 40 percent lower risk for diabetes than nondrinkers; the figure for those who drank less than a cup per day was just 4 percent.

There have been a variety of studies which have indicated that chemical components of tea and coffee may have beneficial effects on glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity. Many researchers will agree on one thing that is the evidence is mixed. “Caffeine can’t be the answer, because you see the same sort of overall response from diabetes with decaf as with caffeinated coffee,” said the paper’s senior author, Mark Woodward, a professor at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Meanwhile, relax, poor yourself a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy, scientist have a lot more research to do.