A new analysis indicates that those who consume coffee moderatly might have a 30% lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Professor Mattias Carlström and Susanna Larsson at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, have analyzed 30 studies which point to the fact that consuming coffee, both with caffeine or decaffeinated, can prevent diabetes. There were about 1.2 million participants in the scientific studies that they analyzed.
The caffeine dosage counts
According to the two teachers’ observations, the risk of type 2 diabetes decreases more if coffee with caffeine (7% per cup per day) is consumed, compared to decaffeinated coffee (6%). That being said, this can still be good news for those of us who prefer decaffeinated coffee, or simply cannot consume caffeine for health related reasons.
Coffee has an antioxidant effect
Coffee prevents diabetes due to its antioxidant properties, as oxidative stress has been associated with several adverse effects on cardiovascular, metabolic and kidney functions.
Long-term coffee consumption can reduce oxidative stress associated with type 2 diabetes. Also, several studies have shown that regular coffee consumption can reduce pro-inflammatory marker levels: chronic low-grade inflammation has been associated with cardiovascular disease and conditions such as Type 2 diabetes.
Although further studies are needed, existing knowledge from epidemiological studies suggests that prevention of type 2 diabetes by increasing coffee intake is possible.
Together with other important lifestyle changes that eliminate multiple risk factors, coffee could provide new ways of staying healthy and lowering the chances of developing type 2 diabetes and associated complications.
Drinking coffee has been associated with multiple health benefits
Apart from the newly discovered potential of lowering the risk of diabetes, coffee has been known to help with many health related issues — both physical and mental. A study conducted by the National Health Institute of the USA has shown that people drinking 2-3 cups of coffee everyday are less likely to develop depression than those who never have coffee.
The Harvard School of Public Health has highlighted an impressive statistic that shows a link between consuming 2-4 cups of coffee everyday, and having a 50% reduced risk of committing suicide in both men and women.
Other amazing benefits of drinking coffee are regulating liver activity, strongly stimulating the brain, reducing the risks of developing Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer. Furthermore, many people believe that coffee can even make you smarter, by temporarily improving cognitive function, which in turn benefits your logical thinking, making you react faster and focus much better.