Decaffeinated Coffee Reduced Risk of Diabetes

Consumption of coffee, particularly the decaffeinated variety, is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers say women who drank six or more cups of decaffeinated coffee a day were 33 per cent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Epidemiologist Dr. Mark A. Pereira, from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis said coffee might play a role in how the body regulates sugar.

In type 2 diabetes, patients no longer break down sugar properly.

Coffee is rich in antioxidants, which may protect the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin - the hormone that regulates sugar.

In type 2 diabetes, patients either don’t make enough insulin to keep sugar levels under control or their insulin is ineffective.

SOURCE: Archives of Internal Medicine, June 26, 2006.

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