Although this post is based on one study, I felt it was worth a post because the findings support those presented in many meta-analysis (the strongest type of research study). There have been thousands of studies that have looked into the effects of coffee on ‘x’, as well as the effects of caffeine on ‘y’ and so on. Diabetes is one of the most heavily researched subjects out there due to the growing number of cases, but until recently there was minimal information out there on diabetes and coffee consumption.
Only last week saw a study published on coffee consumption and diabetes, and it found that coffee ‘has an effect’ (in one way or another) on risk of type 2 diabetes. OK, so in terms of studies this was one of the weaker ones (observational), but the findings are very interesting. The study found that those people who increased their coffee intake by 1.5 cups per day (on a regular basis), had an 11% lower risk of type 2 diabetes over the next 4 years. This was compared to people who did not adjust their coffee intake. However, interestingly those who reduced their coffee intake by 2 cups a day (median) had a 17% higher risk of type 2 diabetes over the next 4 years, compared to those that didn’t adjust their coffee intake.
Medscape News, (2014). Upping coffee consumption protects against type 2 diabetes. Retrieved 28th April, 2014, from http://www.medscape.com/