Your morning coffee doesn’t just get your day started—it could
also curb your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, research suggests.
“A report from the Harvard School of Public Health looked at how
people can potentially change their risk for the disease by changing the
amount of coffee they drink,” says
Maruja Diaz-Arjonilla, MD
, an endocrinologist with
St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group
in Orange. “Participants who increased their consumption of caffeinated
coffee by more than 1 cup a day over the four years of the study’s
observation period cut their risk for type 2 diabetes by 11 percent, compared
to others who didn’t increase the amount of coffee they drank. But
people who cut back on coffee by about a cup a day increased their risk
by 17 percent.”
The study, which was published in
Diabetologia, didn’t find any similar effects for decaffeinated coffee or caffeinated tea.
Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla notes that the study defined a cup as 8 ounces of coffee
that was either black or slightly sweetened with milk or sugar. “This
doesn’t mean you can have the largest Caffe Mocha at Starbucks,
which comes with much more added sugar,” she says. “Sugary
coffees can have a negative impact on your health, especially when there
is a risk for diabetes.
And the study doesn’t mean you should rush out and start guzzling coffee.
“Coffee,” Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla goes on to add, “should
be part of a well-balanced lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and
regular exercise. Your physician can tell you how to make smart food choices
and help you come up with fitness and weight-loss plans, all of which
can help you control diabetes if you have it—or prevent the disease
if you don’t.”
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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.