A new study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that habitual coffee drinkers were about half as likely to develop diabetes relative to those who did not drink coffee. Researchers selected a random sample of 1,300 men and women, who were then given a questionnaire on a regular basis over the course of ten years. Those who drank 1.5 or more cups of coffee per day were considered “habitual drinkers,” while those who drank less than 1.5 cups daily were considered “casual drinkers.” Habitual drinkers had a 54 percent lower likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers.
Oxidative stress has been shown to accelerate the dysfunction of pancreatic b-cells and antioxidants intake has been shown to decrease diabetes risk, so the antioxidant components of coffee may be beneficial, but still more research is needed toward this direction,
said co-author Demosthenes Panagiotakos of Harokopio University in Athens, Greece.
Researchers accounted for various external factors such as smoking, family history, and other caffeine intake in their analysis of the data. However, no causal relationship could be determined using the observational data gathered. Many previous studies have found a similar correlation, whereas others have not.
Read more here – “Coffee Drinking May Lower Inflammation, Reduce Diabetes Risk,” (Kathryn Doyle, Reuters)