BERLIN — The good news for coffee lovers just keeps on coming. A new study shows that having a few cups of the breakfast-table staple every day may lower one’s risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
Though the study was conducted by researchers from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, a non-profit “devoted to the study and disclosure of science related to coffee and health,” the authors actually led a meta-analysis of data from 30 prospective studies, involving nearly 1.2 million participants in all.
The research team found that drinking three to four cups of coffee per day lowers type-2 diabetes risk by 25 percent, compared to consuming less than two cups daily. Can’t handle that much caffeine? No problem. The results showed both decaffeinated and regular coffee provide the same benefit.
The reasons for this effect appears to be associated with numerous compounds, including caffeine, trigonelline, caffeic aid, and cafestol, in coffee that affect blood sugar levels and other diabetes risk factors. The authors say their results show that moderate amounts of coffee appear to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
The results of this meta-analysis were presented at a symposium hosted by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 2018 Annual Meeting in Berlin.
Previous research has shown that consuming as little as a single cup of coffee every day can help prolong one’s life, though other research has pointed to such effects from drinking several cups a day. Earlier this month, a study found that drinking coffee also may help prevent the development of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.