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Study: Coffee and Tea May Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

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Megan’s family has a history of type 2 diabetes.  Her mom, dad, older sister and aunt all have it and the doctors even said that the diabetes had contributed to both her father’s heart attack and her aunt’s nerve damage.  That was more than enough to scare Megan into learning as much about diabetes as possible in order to avoid getting it herself.  No matter how busy she got, she was making sure her health was her number one priority.

For people like Megan that are trying to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study coming out of the Netherlands may be of great interest.

Study:
Scientists from Julius Centre for Health Sciences and Primary Care looked at how consumption of coffee and tea may impact the risk of type 2 diabetes.  They sent out a food-frequency questionnaire to 40,011 participants to assess coffee and tea consumption and other lifestyle and dietary factors, with an average follow up time of 10 years.  The scientists also examined blood pressure, caffeine, magnesium and potassium as possible contributing factors.  What they found out was that daily consumption of at least 3 cups of coffee and/or tea reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by approximately 42%.  However, there was no association found with blood pressure, magnesium, potassium and caffeine.

What does this mean?
This means that drinking at least 3 cups of coffee and/or tea daily may lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.  However, scientists are unsure what it was in the coffee or tea that caused this decreased risk.  So, yes more studies still need to be done.  But at least you will have one more reason to feel good about drinking your coffee or tea!

Source: Julius Centre for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Netherlands, Diabetologia. 2009 Sep 1. (via PubMed)

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  2. Maria Isabel says:

    It is nice to know that while I drink green tea I can reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. I have to be careful because there is a history of diabetes in my family.

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