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The Endless Coffee Debate

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A recent study about health benefits from drinking coffee is just another chapter on the never-ending debate about the beverage. Multiple studies have shown that drinking coffee can offer a variety of health benefits from improving cardiovascular health to enhancing focus and concentration. On the other hand, studies have also proved that coffee can have negative effects on health such as sleep difficulties and anxiety.

Adding more fuel to the fire, a new study suggests that increasing coffee consumption may decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes supporting previous research which has found that drinking a few cups or more each day may lower your risk, with each subsequent cup nudging up the benefit.

Published in the journal Diabetologia, this latest study was more concerned with how changing coffee consumption might affect your risk. Researchers concluded that people who upped their consumption by more than a cup per day had an 11% lower risk of type 2 diabetes compared with people whose consumption held steady.  Decreasing coffee consumption by the same amount – more than a cup a day – was associated with a 17% increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The data is based on an analysis of more than 120,000 health professionals already being followed observationally long term.  Researchers looked at the study participants’ coffee drinking habits across four years to reach their conclusions. “For type 2 diabetes, up to six cups per day is associated with lower risk,” said Shilpa Bhupathiraju, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. “As long as coffee doesn’t give you tremors, doesn’t make you jittery, it is associated with a lot of health benefits” added the lead study author.

Perhaps the story behind the study is that higher coffee consumption often results in lower consumption of sodas, lattes, frappuccinos, and other sugary drinks, consequently decreasing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

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