Increased coffee intake may reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes, study says

By Amanda Stewart,

A new study has found that coffee may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

This study was published in the journal Diabetologia.

According to the New York Daily News, Harvard University researchers found that increasing coffee intake by a cup and a half a day is reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes by 11 percent.

Serious caffeine lovers have even more of a benefit. Those who drink three or more cups a day cut their risk by 37 percent. However, those who decreased their coffee intake increased their risk of Type 2 diabetes by 17 percent.

"Coffee is pretty fascinating," said Shilpa Bhupathiraju, a nutritional epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health and the lead author of the paper. "It seems to be associated with a lower risk for many chronic diseases."

It is not the caffeine, according to Nature World News. It is a chemical ingredient in the coffee that seems to be warding off chronic illness.

Magnesium in coffee has shown to be the ingredient that lowers the risk of Type 2. However, decaffeinated coffee does not have the same effect. Though decaf has shown some effect on Type 2 diabetes, the risk does not reduce more by drinking more.

Heading to Starbucks for a latte won’t help you either. Those in the study typically drank 8-ounce cups of black coffee.



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