Study Finds That Coffee Could Lower Risks of Diabetes

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 02/04/2014 | 11:15 AM EST

Researchers conclude that one to six cups of coffee decreases blood sugar levels

Apparently there are more benefits to coffee than just boosting your energy, according to new research that concludes it could also lower one’s risks of diabetes.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health recently discovered that one to six cups of coffee a day could on average lower the risk of diabetes from 8 percent to a third after testing 1.1 million participants (some with type 2 diabetes), who were followed for durations of 8 months to 20 years. They also found that there’s very little difference for those who chose to drink caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee.

Studies have found that a combination of chemicals in coffee beans may affect metabolism, which is the chemical processes in the body that converts or uses energy. One chemical, chlorogenic acid, may lower blood sugar levels.

The study
was published in the February 2014 issue of Diabetes Care. Funding was provided by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Now people have more of an excuse to hit the nearest coffee shop.

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