Coffee is known to be an energy booster, an efficient antioxidant, loner’s best friend, the morning alarm call and more recently stated, a great fighter against inflammation and diabetes. Recent research has revealed that one cup of coffee a day could reduce risks to develop diabetes and inflammation in adults.
Although the recent results of an extensive study bear the flag of benefits, coffee is controversial, to say the least. Extensive analysis has revealed that coffee drinking offers both beneficial and aggravating health effects. This most recent research shows that coffee drinkers exposed to a long term study are half as likely to develop type 2 diabetes, compared those who are reluctant to drinking coffee. Experts stated that the secret behind the results could be an inflammation lowering effect of the beverage.
Both coffee and the present study are controversial, as previous research outlined high risks to develop diabetes in people who indulge themselves in the pleasure of coffee drinking. Apparently, what was researched in the past belongs to the past, as the results were not as significant as the ones exposed here.
This last research started back in 2001, when a team of experts gathered together to select a random sample of 1.300 men and women with ages above 18. The study subjects were asked to fill out a questionnaire with dietary queries, including ones about coffee drinking. After putting together the pieces of the puzzle, researchers concluded that drinking less than 1.5 cups of coffee a day could be identified as “casual” coffee drinking, while more than this minimum quantity is translated into “habitual” drinking. From the total participants in the research, there were 816 casual drinkers, 385 habitual drinkers and 239 people who didn’t drink coffee at all.
After determining the groups of participants, researchers had their blood samples in order to evaluate levels of protein markers of inflammation. Tests involving antioxidant levels, indicating the body’s ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals.
The study had a follow-up 10 years later, when researchers concluded that from the total number of participants, 191 were diagnosed with diabetes. 12% were women and 12% were men, and both groups were low coffee consumers.
Obviously, the follow-up offered a precious insight: high coffee consumption offers lower chances to develop diabetes.
“Habitual” coffee drinkers are exposed to 54% less chances to develop the disease, compared to other groups. The results were also associated with levels of smoking, family history of diabetes, high blood pressure and consumption of other beverages with high levels of caffeine. In spite of the mixes and matches, a cup of coffee a day keeps inflammation and diabetes away.
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