Saturday, June 12, 2010

Drinking coffee may reduce risk of diabetes

The American Chemical Society ( ACS) presented new findings on Wednesday to prove that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

The ACS said the study, conducted by researchers at Nagoya University in Japan, was based on animal tests.

The scientists fed either water or coffee to a group of laboratory mice commonly used to study diabetes. Coffee consumption prevented the development of high-blood sugar and also improved insulin sensitivity in the mice, thereby reducing the risk of diabetes.

Coffee also caused a cascade of other beneficial changes in the fatty liver and inflammatory adipocytokines related to a reduced diabetes risk.

Additional lab studies showed that caffeine may be "one of the most effective anti-diabetic compounds in coffee," according to the ACS.

Past studies have suggested that regular coffee drinking may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. However, little of that evidence comes from studies on lab animals used to do research that cannot be done in humans.

Type 2 diabetes affects millions in the United States and is on the rise worldwide.

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