Drinking coffee 'can cut diabetes' risk
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A new study has offered fresh evidence that
drinking coffee may help prevent diabetes and that caffeine may be the
ingredient largely responsible for this effect.
Previous studies have
suggested that regular coffee drinking may reduce the risk of type 2
The disease affects millions in the United States and is on the rise
However, little of that evidence comes from studies on lab animals used to
do research that cannot be done in humans.
As part of the new research, Fumihiko Horio and colleagues fed either water
or coffee to a group of laboratory mice commonly used to study diabetes.
Coffee consumption prevented the development of high-blood sugar and also
improved insulin sensitivity in the mice, thereby reducing the risk of
Coffee also caused a cascade of other beneficial changes in the fatty liver
and inflammatory adipocytokines related to a reduced diabetes risk.
Additional lab studies showed that caffeine may be "one of the most
effective anti-diabetic compounds in coffee," the scientists say.
- ANI / Times of India