If you drink three to four cups of coffee per day, you may be at a reduced risk of developing type II diabetes, according to a new study published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a not-for-profit organization devoted to the study and disclosure of science related to coffee and health.
Compared to drinking one or no cups of coffee per day, moderate consumption of coffee, was associated with a 25 percent decreased risk of developing diabetes.
One study tested glucose and insulin after an oral glucose tolerance test with 12 grams of decaffeinated coffee, 1 gram of chlorogenic acid, 500 milligrams of trigonelline, or a placebo. The study pointed out that chlorogenic acid and trigonelline reduced early glucose and insulin responses and contributed to the beneficial effect of coffee.
The report also shows that the link between coffee consumption and a reduced risk of diabetes could be seen as counter intuitive, as drinking coffee is often linked to unhealthier habits like smoking and low levels of physical activity.
Past studies have shown that moderate coffee consumption is not associated with an increased risk of hypertension, stroke or coronary heart disease. Meanwhile, research on patients with CVD has shown that moderate coffee consumption is inversely related with risk of heart failure, with a J-shape relationship.
The reason about why coffee may reduce diabetes risk can be summed up in a few theories.
- the “Energy Expenditure Hypothesis,” in which the caffeine stimulates metabolism, increasing energy expenditure
- the “Carbohydrate Metabolic Hypothesis,” which says coffee components play a key role by influencing the glucose balance in the body.
It’s a reason for coffee lovers to rejoice but it doesn’t mean sugary lattes with whipped cream and syrup are healthy. Drinking coffee alone isn’t a substitute to exercise, a balanced diet, and a healthy lifestyle to ward off chronic diseases such as diabetes.
One out of every three people with diabetes is unaware they have this chronic condition. Some of the risk factors for diabetes include inactivity, metabolic syndrome, being older than 45, high cholesterol, blood pressure, or triglycerides, genetics, obesity, and more.
Diabetes prevention starts with you. If you have type 2 diabetes, healthy diet, certain lifestyle changes, and our Diabetes Guide can help you manage your condition.