Coffee drinkers the world over may rejoice and celebrate with a cuppa coffee, as new study has underlined the benefit of coffee drinking in offsetting a major lifestyle disease, Type 2 diabetes.
A recently published study in the November issue of the journal Diabetes Care found that consuming caffeinated coffee lowered the risk of developing diabetes by 60% so much so that even the rare coffee drinkers, and 'turncoats' alike, stand to benefit as compared to absolute abstainers.
Researcher Besa Smith said, 'Our findings were very strong. The next step is to pinpoint the compounds in coffee responsible for this protective effect.'
This study is special because the participants belonged to the high risk category for type 2 diabetes. Infact this study shares the results with many of the other sibling research projects that indicate the distinct advantage coffee has in cutting down the risks of type 2 diabetes.
The study by Smith and colleagues from the University of California San Diego involved a total of 910 adults who were tracked for an average of eight years after a preliminary measurement of their coffee drinking habits.
Despite allowing other risk factors of diabetes, the researchers inferred that both previous and current drinkers of caffeinated coffee had an edge over the non drinkers by about 60% reduction in diabetes risk.
Yet the time is still not ripe to advice coffee as a tactic to lower the risk of diabetes. American Diabetes Association spokesman Larry Deeb, MD, said 'People with diabetes and those at risk for developing diabetes have enough to worry about. It is nice to know that coffee isn't one of them, and it may actually help lower risk.'