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Coffee could stave off diabetes

That cup of joe could beat back diabetes
If you can’t start your day without that morning cup of coffee, I have good news for you. A recent study shows that the more of the dark stuff you drink, the lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.

I was never a big coffee drinker. But lately, with all the madness of getting ready for the holidays, I’ve found myself downing it pretty regularly.

And recently a headline popped up that made me feel pretty good about it. Researchers in Australia have found that drinking coffee lowers your risk of type 2 diabetes. The more you drink, the lower your risk.

The results of the study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that every cup of coffee per day was associated with a 7% reduction in diabetes risk. Good news if you’re one of those people who can’t get by on just one!

The good news doesn’t stop there–earlier this month, researchers at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting reported that drinking coffee could mean a lower risk of dying from prostate cancer.

Other studies have shown it could help stave off Alzheimer’s and stroke.

Oh, and if you’re a tea drinker, there’s good news. The research showed that people who drink tea see the same diabetes-preventing benefit shown in the Australian study. Four cups of tea per day resulted in a 1/5 lower chance of developing diabetes.

Of course, it can’t all be good. There is one tidbit from this study that left me shaking my head. The lead researcher said that it’s too early to start recommending people up their daily cups of coffee of tea to prevent diabetes.

She wants more clinical trials, and is hopeful that the “identification of the protective components in these beverages would open up new therapeutic pathways” for preventing diabetes.

Protective components, huh? Therapeutic pathways? Call me crazy, but that sounds more like, “Hey, this is good news, but it’s not GREAT news until we can figure out how to make a drug out of it!”

In the meantime, I’m going to keep having that daily cup of coffee. Or maybe two. Of course, I’ll be taking it black. Adding sugar would just negate the benefits of this delicious natural disease fighter.

Source:
“Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes,” Yahoo! News (news.yahoo.com).