Coffee, Tea, and Diabetes

I’ve long been a proponent of drinking green tea, but I may start substituting a cup of decaffeinated coffee here and there.

A recent study in Australia concluded that consuming one or more cups of coffee or tea significantly reduces a person’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes:

For every additional cup of coffee a person consumed each day, the study’s authors found, a person’s risk of diabetes was reduced by 7 percent. In the six studies that looked at decaf coffee, the researchers found, people who consumed more than three or four cups a day were at 36 percent lower risk of diabetes. And in seven studies that examined tea drinking and diabetes risk, people who drank more than three or four cups daily were at 18 percent lower diabetes risk.

As you can see, it appears that decaf coffee had the largest positive effect. And bear in mind that this study was based upon data from combined studies of over 450,000 people going back to 1966.

I’m not sure why decaf coffee is such a standout. Perhaps caffeine inhibits some of the lignans and chlorogenic acids that the researchers cited as some of the substances that may be responsible for the effect. Still, it’s definitely worth keeping in mind.

One Comment

  1. diver dave
    December 15, 2009

    ? IS IT OK TO LOAD THE COFFEE UP WITH 1/2 CUP OF SUGAR , TWO SCOOPS OF ICE CREAM AND HOT FUDGE AND STILL REDUCE THE ONSET OF DIABETES ? YOU KNOW HOW I LIKE TO SWEETEN UP MY JOE A LITTLE TO TAKE THE EDGE OFF !
    MY DOCTOR HIGHLY RECOMENDS MYERS DARK RUM AND TONIC AS A EARLY MORNING PICK ME UP.
    * AFTER MANY COLD WATER SWIMS AND TRYING TO GET MY WETSUIT DRY I HAVE FOUND THAT 15 MINUTES IN THE DRYER WILL GET IT 90 % DRY AND OF COURSE HANG IT INSIDE OUT. THE GLOVES HAVE NEVER DRIED OUT UNLESS LEFT HANGING FOR 3-4 DAYS BUT I FOUND IF I TURN THEM ALMOST COMPLETELY INSIDE OUT THERE GOOD OVER NIGHT. THE BOOT GET THE UPPERS TURNED DOWN AND LAY ON THEIR SIDE HELPS THEM DRY MUCH FASTER. TO ANTI FOG YOUR EYE WEAR OGGGLES OR MASK I RECOMEND A MASK TO HELP KEEP THE ICE FROM CUTTING YOUR FACE. GOGGLE JUST KEEP IT OUT OF YOUR EYES – JOHNSON BABY SHAMPOO IS FANTASTIC. MUCH BETTER THEN SPIT OR THE EXPENSIVE STORE BOUGHT CRAP AT THE DIVE SHOPS. IT WILL ALSO MAKE YOUR FACE SILKY SMOOTH. SO FAR THE LADDER AND BARS THAT WERE PAINTED SHINE BRIGHTLY AND WITH LUCK THEY WILL LAST THROUGH THE LONG COLD WINTER TO HELP YOU SPOT A QUICK EXIT WHEN NEEDED. REMEMBER THAT SOME TIMES THE ICE BUILDS UP ON THE LADDERS SO THICK YOU CANNOT USE THEM UNLESS YOU BRING AN AX OR HAMMER TO BREAK OFF THE ICE. FALL IS NEARLY OVER AND THE LONG COLD WINTER IS COMMING SOON.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS
    DIVER DAVE
    LADDER #1
    OAK STREET


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