Coffee is a daily habit for most Americans. We wake up, make a pot, and drink it before we head off to work. I’m not saying anyone needs another reason to enjoy their coffee, but here is just one more!
Harvard researchers have discovered that people who added at least one more cup of coffee a day over the years were 11% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who kept their coffee intake the same.
Previous studies have shown as much as a 50% reduction in type 2 diabetes risk from drinking four or more cups of coffee a day, but this new study was the first to analyze how changes in coffee consumption affect disease risk.
Meanwhile, people who cut back their coffee intake by at least a cup of day had a 17% greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
Is it the Caffeine that Staves Off Diabetes?
As mentioned, the analysis showed that increasing coffee drinking by even just one cup a day reduced diabetes risk substantially. Other studies have shown that it’s not the caffeine so much as it is the phenolic compounds in coffee that exert the most benefit on health. These phenolic compounds enhance glucose metabolism, while the magnesium in coffee reduces diabetes risk—but this new study showed no positive impact on diabetes risk from increased consumption of decaf coffee.
Researchers theorize that perhaps it’s because there wasn’t a large enough number of people who changed their decaf drinking habits. While this may be true, perhaps the caffeine in coffee exerts more of a benefit than previously thought. For instance, results from a 2012 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry revealed three compounds in coffee (caffeine, caffeic acid, and chlorogenic acid) that suppress the toxic accumulation of a protein linked to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.
This above-mentioned study, however, was lab based. Further animal and human studies will need to follow in order to confirm the beneficial activity of caffeine on lowering diabetes risk.
Maybe it’s the genes that are making these studies so tough to understand. We are all genetically unique snow flakes. And some of us snow flakes are caffeine monsters.
These are the people that can metabolize and break down caffeine fast. These are the folks that seem to get the health benefits. The slow metabolizing snow flakes are the unlucky ones that seem to have diseases, especially heart disease increase with a lot of coffee.
Hey coffee beasts! Don’t go nuts, once you start drinking more than three cups a day the benefits go away. It’s all about nutrigenomics- how our genes interact with what we eat and drink… aka THE FUTURE (pretend you heard a big booming voice coming from the ceiling that said that).
(PS if you go over to 23AndMe.com you can test which kind of snow flake you are).
Read more: http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/one-more-cup-of-coffee-a-day-may-help-prevent-diabetes/#ixzz315fvM7XS