More Research Shows Coffee Reduces T2 Diabetes Risk
By Mike Boyle


DiabetesCare.net recently reported on research showing how lunchtime coffee was linked to a reduction in type 2 diabetes risk. Now, Japanese researchers have concluded that coffee consumption, in general, reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Using mice, the Japanese researchers had them drink diluted black coffee instead of water. Those coffee drinkers were compared with a similar group of mice that got plain water.

After five weeks, the Los Angeles Times reports, "both groups of mice had consumed the same amount of food and weighed essentially the same. However, the coffee-drinking mice had less fat under the skin and in their abdomens. In addition, their insulin did a better job of reducing the concentration of glucose in their blood.

"To find out which component of coffee was responsible for these effects, the researchers did another experiment comparing plain water with caffeinated water. Once again, the caffeine-drinking mice wound up with less fat than the control mice despite eating the same amount of food and weighing about the same overall. The caffeine group also had a lower concentration of blood glucose."

Read more on this from the L.A. Times here, plus take a look at an abstract of the actual research study here, where the researchers conclude: "These results suggest that coffee exerts a suppressive effect on hyperglycemia by improving insulin sensitivity, partly due to reducing inflammatory cytokine expression and improving fatty liver. Moreover, caffeine may be one of the effective anti-diabetic compounds in coffee."

 

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Originally posted June 10, 2010.