A recent study has pointed out that drinking coffee may reduce a person’s risk for developing diabetes and also reduce overall inflammation rates.
The study was conducted by the Harokopio University from Athens, Greece and led by Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos, Nutrition and Dietetics Department representative. They utilized an interesting approach on the matter, as they have randomly selected approximately 1,300 subjects, so they would have a homogenous group and went to study their coffee drinking patterns, rather than selecting them strictly based on this factor.
They did assign definitions to the three main patterns that they have met. Thus, those who did not drink any coffee were considered “non-coffee drinkers”, those who only haad under one and a half cups a day were deemed “casual drinkers” and those who exceeded this daily quota were considered “habitual drinkers”.
Their 1,300 subjects were divided into the three categories and so, they had 239 non-coffee drinkers 816 casual drinkers and 385 habitual drinkers, according to the results of a massive survey that included questions about their diets and their coffee drinking patterns. Blood samples were also drawn from the subjects, in order to assess overall inflammation levels and antioxidant levels .
In the second phase of the study, that was performed 10 years after the initial phase, the patients were reassessed and it became apparent that 191 of them had developed diabetes along that time. Upon analyzing diabetes occurrence in accordance to coffee consumption rates, the study revealed that the habitual coffee drinker were as much as 54% less likely to develop diabetes than the non-coffee drinkers. The study has also revealed that inflammation rates were significantly lower among coffee drinkers.
“An inverse relation between coffee intake and diabetes has been reported in many prospective studies whereas some have yielded insignificant results,” said Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos in an e-mail for Reuters Health.
There is additional research being performed at the moment on this particular matter, as it remains uncertain whether or not coffee can truly prevent diabetes at a significant level. Scientists point out that the best possible preventative measure for diabetes remains having a healthy life style, that needs to include a balanced diet and also regular physical exercise.
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