Can Coffee Reduce the Risk of Diabetes?

( HEALTH A - Z ) - There has been research that suggests that people who drink coffee are less likely to get type 2 diabetes.

can coffee reduce the risk of diabetes

Diabetes is the disorder of metabolism and the hormone insulin. Usually, diabetes is caused usually by hereditary or environment which results in high blood sugar also known as hyperglycemia. Blood glucose leves are controlled by a very intricate interaction and working pathways between chemicals and hormones in your body. The insulin hormone is produced by way of the beta cells in your pancreas. There are 2 types of diabetes, referred to as type 1 diabetes mellitus and type 2 diabetes. The differences are, type 1 means you have a non-production of insulin or not enough insulin. Type 2 is when your body creates a resistance to the effects of insulin in your body.

Coffee can reduce the risk of diabetes

There has been research that suggest that people who drink coffee are less likely to get type 2 diabetes. No one is for sure yet what ingredient in the coffee is what contributes to the diminished risk factor, but some suspect it is the level of caffeine and the protective effects that caffeine has.

Research suggests that people who drink coffee are less likely to get type 2 diabetes. It isn't known whether the caffeine or some other ingredient in coffee is responsible for its protective effects.

When researchers conducted their study, they were aiming to see if there was any link between the reduction of risk of getting diabetes by drinking coffee, green tea, black tea or oolong tea. The study was done over a 5 year period and the conclusion suggested that there was a reduced chance of getting type 2 diabetes by those who drank 6 glasses of green tea or drank 3 cups of coffee per day. When they included the black tea and the oolong tea, there were no differences noted.

It was also noted that most of the differences were bigger in women versus in men.

In the United States, diabetes is the most significant cause of adult blindness and he leading cause of amputation among adults as well as being the main illness and reason for diabetic nephropathy, (renal failure) requiring the patient to go on renal dialysis.

To me it seems that anything we can do to minimize our risk factors for contracting type 2 diabetes, which is primarily avoidable based on how we live our lives and our dietary intake, is something that we should do some self research on and take into consideration.

The properties of coffee and green tea, and the effects it has on our endocrine system may not be well known yet, but when the studies suggest these things which are already known to be healthy and full of anti-oxidants, are healthy, then we should take stock in making sure we include more of them in our daily intake.

Source: The New Complete Coffee Book: A Gourmet Guide to Buying, Brewing by Sara Perry pages 91-92


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