People who drink coffee regularly are 50 percent less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as compared to those who don't drink the beverage, reveals a new study.
According to Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos, an extensive research has revealed that coffee drinking exhibits both beneficial and aggravating health effects. The key maybe an inflammation-lowering effect of coffee. Panagiotakos further said that an inverse relation between coffee intake and diabetes has been reported in many prospective studies whereas some have yielded insignificant results.
In 2001 and 2002, the researchers analyzed a random sample of more than 1,300 men and women age 18 years and older in Athens. They termed drinking less than 1.5 cups of coffee per day as "casual" coffee, and more than 1.5 cups a day as "habitual" drinking. Ten years later, 191 people had developed diabetes, including 13 percent of the men and 12 percent of the women in the original group.
Nearly 54 percent of people who reported higher coffee consumption had lower likelihoods of developing diabetes compared with non-coffee drinkers, even after smoking, high blood pressure, family history of diabetes and intake of other caffeinated beverages was taken in consideration. The authors explained that levels of serum amyloid, one of the inflammatory markers in the blood, seemed to explain some of the relationship between coffee and diabetes.
The research is reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition