Coffee, tea diabetes factors according to new studies. Dr. Rachel Huxley of The University of Sydney, Australia, and her colleagues have noted that people that drink the most coffee are 1/3rd less likely than non-drinkers to develop diabetes.
Researchers found a 7% diabetes risk reduction for each additional cup of coffee. People drinking between three and four cups a day had a 36% lower risk for this insidious disease. People who drank more than that had an 18 % risk reduction.
Similar results were shown in people that drank decaf and tea in the coffee, tea diabetes research.
Obesity, a major killer and the cause of so many debilitating diseases, is tied to Type 2 diabetes and affects around 8-10% of the U.S. population. Could coffee and tea stave off, even protect us from this dreaded disease?
The latest issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine states:
“If such beneficial effects were observed in interventional trials to be real, the implications for the millions of individuals who have diabetes, or who are at future risk of developing it, would be substantial.”
The researchers looked at and compared 18 studies conducted between 1966 and July 2009 with information on over 457,000 patients.
The researchers found that as coffee consumption rose, the risk of diabetes fell. Each additional cup of coffee consumed in a day was associated with a 7 percent reduction in the excess risk of diabetes.
The researchers said the results across studies were independent of effects involving gender, geographic region, or diagnosis versus self-reporting. Moreover, six of the studies reported on the association between drinking decaffeinated coffee and subsequent risk of diabetes.
I’m not sure where scientists are going with this. It would be wonderful if a caffeine, or catechins( chemical found in tea )and other natural chemicals found in tea and coffee could be used to combat diabetes.
If this research is confirmed, perhaps Doctors would begin advising at risk patients to increase their daily intake of coffee and tea, along with the mantra we all hear from our Doctors : Exercise! Be more active!
What about those that refuse to drink coffee or tea, though? Will scientists have to invent a new pill to add to the ever growing list of pills available today?
Many lives have been profoundly affected by diabetes, mine include. While I don’t have it, it is rampant in my family and I am grateful to scientists doing all this research. We desperately need a cure, and I don’t care if its from the coffee, tea diabetes connection or whether it’s a pill. Whatever it takes, it simply needs to be done. If drinking 3 or 4 extra cups of coffee or tea will help corral diabetes, then so be it.