Three or Four Cups of Coffee Can Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk

New research has indicated that people that are at risk for developing diabetes could reduce their risk of developing the disease by drinking three to four cups of coffee per day. The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) released an annual report on diabetes that indicated that this finding is indeed true.


Diabetes affects at least 29 million adults in the United States. However, statistics have indicated that there are at least 8 million people that have been undiagnosed and are unaware that they have or are at risk of developing diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects roughly 90 to 95 percent of the people that have diabetes and is associated with obesity. In addition, physical inactivity, older age and genetic factors can play a role in a person developing diabetes. The type 2 diabetes development has proven to be avoided through healthy food choices, exercise, weight loss and now coffee.


The research indicated that three to four cups of coffee every day by 25 percent when compared with people that drink less coffee. Each additional cup of coffee can help to lower the risk by seven to eight percent. The reduction risk actually has nothing to do with the caffeine content of the coffee. In fact, decaffeinated coffee offers a greater defense against developing diabetes than caffeinated coffee. It was also determined that filtered coffee could be more protective than boiled coffee.


More research needs to be done in order to determine exactly what mechanisms can help to lower the risk of developing diabetes, however researchers think the risk reduction could be do to the antioxidant content in the coffee. In 2012, researchers determined by looking at a study using Japanese populations to determine that coffee could stop glucose intolerance by modifying the blood sugar levels.


When people have type 2 diabetes, the body fails to produce enough insulin to deal with processing blood glucose levels. In addition, high blood glucose levels can lead to complications from diabetes including heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, amputation and more.

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