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Jul202011

Coffee Consumption and Your Health - a Potential Diabetes Preventative 

Coffee Consumption and Your Health - a Potential Diabetes Preventative

People love our Kona coffee, and this beloved coffee bean continues to be confirmed as having health benefits. Research continues to show that coffee drinkers, compared to nondrinkers, are:
  1. Less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and dementia; and
  2. Have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes.
Researchers ask coffee drinkers about their coffee habits so these studies cannot show cause and effect. It must be understood that it's possible that coffee drinkers have other advantages, such as better diets, more exercise or protective genes.  There isn’t solid proof, however there are indications of potential health perks.

The average American downed 416 8-ounce cups of coffee in 2009 (by the World Resources Institute's estimates).  If you are one of the “average Americans”, you might want to know what all that java is doing for you, or to you.

Here is a look at the research.

Type 2 Diabetes
  • Dr. Hu of Harvard University calls the data on coffee and [type 2] diabetes "pretty solid," based on more than 15 published studies.
  • Dr. Frank Hu of Harvard University Medical School found that, among study participants, those who drank several cups of coffee per day were, on average, 35% less likely to have type 2 diabetes than those who reported drinking two cups of coffee or less every day. This is due to a combination of magnesium and chromium, two compounds found in coffee that help the body use insulin more effectively.
  • More recently, Australian researchers looked at 18 studies of nearly 458,000 people. They found a 7% drop in the odds of having type 2 diabetes for every additional cup of coffee drunk daily. There were similar risk reductions for decaf coffee drinkers and tea drinkers.
How is coffee a potential diabetes preventative?

Dr. Hu states that "it's a complete package".  Further stating that coffees antioxidants and nutrients help prevent tissue damage caused by molecules called oxygen-free radicals.  “We know that coffee has a very strong antioxidant capacity.”

Coffee also contains minerals such as magnesium and chromium, which help the body use the hormone insulin, which controls blood sugar (glucose). With type 2 diabetes, the body loses its ability to use insulin and regulate blood sugar effectively.

Based on studies of decaffeinated coffee, the benefits of coffee is probably not due the caffeine, but due to the coffee bean itself.

Reader Comments (2)

More reasons to drink your daily cup(s) of "Joe"!

August 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal Repair

We agree!

August 8, 2011 | Registered CommenterEnergy Dude

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