Friday, 11 June 2010

Coffee May Reduce Risk of Diabetes

Coffee May Reduce Risk of Diabetes

There is new evidence coffee may help prevent diabetes, a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry says.

Fumihiko Horio and colleagues from Nagoya University in Japan gave coffee and water to lab mice used to study its affect on diabetes. Coffee consumption prevented the development of high-blood sugar in mice and improved their insulin sensitivity, which reduced their risk of diabetes.

"Our results indicated that caffeine is one of the most effective antidiabetic compounds in coffee," the researchers said in the study. "The present results suggest that coffee consumption may help to prevent type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome."

More than three million Canadians have diabetes, and approximately 90% of those have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a contributing factor in the deaths of approximately 41,500 Canadians each year and adults with diabetes are twice as likely to die prematurely, compared to people without diabetes.

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