If someone ever says your coffee habit is unhealthy, you now have the perfect comeback! Studies have shown that increasing your daily intake of coffee can lower type 2 diabetes risk significantly. So with each cup of Joe, you are actually improving the health of your body. Sip on that, coffee cynics!
These findings are not frivolous, but are backed by solid scientific research carried out by reputable researchers. The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) conducted three large studies over a period of twenty (20) years on the effects of coffee intake on the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. The HSPH researchers gathered data on the diets of over 120,000 participants and each participant was evaluated every 4 years by filling out a questionnaire detailing his or her coffee habits. The study defined a cup of coffee as 8 ounces of black coffee, with or without a small amount of milk and/or sugar.
The researchers made the wonderful discovery that when participants increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day during a given 4-year period, in the following 4-year period their risk of type 2 diabetes was reduced by all of 11%, compared to those who did not increase their intake.
Isn’t that amazing! That means your risk of developing diabetes decreases as you increase your number of cups per day.
Lead author and research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH, Shilpa Bhupathiraju, said it plainly, “our findings confirm those of previous studies that showed that higher coffee consumption was associated with lower type-2 diabetes risk.”
So you now have the go-ahead from a well-respected scientist to enjoy more coffee daily in order to reap this fantastic benefit.
Both regular coffee and decaffeinated coffee yield this benefit. Likewise, both filtered and instant coffees provide this healthful advantage. So, regardless of your coffee preference, you will always enjoy a reduced risk of developing type-2 diabetes as you increase your coffee intake.
The researchers have not yet pinpointed the particular compound in coffee that reduces the risk of diabetes, but it remains a FACT that coffee has a beneficial effect on glucose metabolism and the risk of diabetes.
Now don’t go having 4 cups of coffee all at once! Ideally, your intake should be spread out throughout the day. Combine that with a healthy diet and regular exercise and you are on your way to a long, healthy, diabetes-free life!
Has anyone ever chided you for drinking too much coffee? Tell us about it in the comments section and share how you would now respond to any coffee cynics.