coffee reduces diabetes risk

Coffee Reduces Diabetes Risk

by Kelley Herring on December 6, 2012

More good news for java lovers. Recent research shows your cup of coffee reduces diabetes risk and inflammation.

How Coffee Reduces Diabetes Risk

A recent study published in Diabetes Care evaluated the effects of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee in relation to c-peptide – a marker of insulin secretion. Researchers at Harvard measured the c-peptide levels of 2,112 healthy women from the Nurses’ Heath Study. Using a food frequency questionnaire, the researchers assessed the womens’ coffee-drinking habits.

The researchers found that both decaffeinated and caffeinated coffee intake was inversely associated with c-peptide. In fact, women drinking more than 4 cups of caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee a day had 16% lower c-peptide concentrations than those who drank no coffee at all. And for women who were overweight or obese, caffeinated coffee had a considerably stronger effect. In fact, caffeinated coffee reduced c-peptide by 27% in obese women and 20% in overweight women, as compared with just 11% in women with a normal weight.

Choosing The Best Coffee

So go ahead and enjoy that steamy cup of organic, shade-grown java. And if you like it on the sweet side, try a sprinkle of zero calorie, zero glycemic index stevia further benefit your blood sugar.

Learn more about the health benefits of coffee for heart disease and stroke prevention.

About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

Kelley Herring – who has written posts on Healing Gourmet.

Wu T, Willett WC,Hankinson SE,Giovannucci E.Caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and caffeine in relation to plasma C-peptide levels, a marker of insulin secretion, in U.S. women.Diabetes Care. 2005 Jun;28(6):1390-6

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