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Coffee and Tea May Help Slash Your Diabetes Risk

Drinking three to four cups of coffee could help reduce the risk of getting diabetes by up to 25 percent, according to the latest review of the scientific literature. Over the years, my patients have often bashfully admitted to their coffee habit. Having written a national article myself on the benefits of coffee, they are surprised with my deep appreciation of the therapeutic benefits of coffee. Interesting is the powerful quote from one of the lead researchers on coffee’s benefits.

“If such beneficial effects were observed in interventional trials to be real, the implications for the millions of individuals who have diabetes mellitus, or who are at future risk of developing it, would be substantial,” wrote the reviewers, led by Rachel Huxley from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Coffee is one of the world’s largest traded commodities produced in more than 60 countries and generating more than $70 billion of sales annually. Indeed, coffee is loved and now for yet another good reason, with this latest diabetes research. In the United States alone there are some 24 million people with diabetes, equal to 8 percent of the population, with an economic impact of $174 billion.

So, if you already enjoy coffee, it may now be considered one of your new found health foods (also see my earlier blog about coffee reducing risk of Prostate Cancer). It is still important to control your stress, eat your vegetables and limit carbs while getting daily exercise.

Bottomline:  controlling risk factors for any health condition is important. Use of coffee as one of these tools is growing in promise, it will be interesting to see what the follow up research shows over the course of the next few years. Until then, enjoy your coffee, work with your doctors and be well.



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