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Drinking Coffee Could Cut Risk of Diabetes by Half

Besides a jolt of caffeine to get you through your day, a long-term study shows that coffee may have more benefits than we think.

Researchers say an inflammation-lowering effect of the beverage could be the reason coffee drinkers were 54 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes as non-coffee drinkers, as reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos, Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece, told Reuters, “Oxidative stress has been shown to accelerate the dysfunction of pancreatic b-cells and antioxidants intake has been shown to decrease diabetes risk, so the antioxidant components of coffee may be beneficial, but still more research is needed toward this direction.”

According to researchers, levels of serum amyloid, an inflammatory marker in the blood, pointed to a connection between coffee and diabetes. Higher consumption of the beverage went along with lower amyloid levels.

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