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Coffee, tea may reduce diabetes risk

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By David Liu davidl at foodconsumer dot org

Drinking coffee may help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a meta-analysis in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The analysis of 457,000 subjects participating in about 3 dozens of studies found an inverse association between coffee consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes.

Specifically, for each additional cup of coffee consumed each day, the diabetes risk was reduced in the drinkers compared to those who did not drink, the researchers found.

Those drank more than three to four cups had a one-fifth flower risk of diabetes than those drank no tea.

The coffee industry is happy with the study.

Dr.  Euan Paul, Director of the British Coffee Association was cited as commenting that "this large scientific evaluation adds to the overwhelming weight of evidence which demonstrates that moderate coffee consumption of four to five cups per day is safe and may even confer certain health benefits."

Food consumers should be aware that the findings are merely associations and do not prove that drinking coffee is the cause for the reduction in the risk of diabetes.

For instance, it is possible that those who drink coffee may also follow a lifestyle and or diet which may actually help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

An estimated 20 million Americans live with type 2 diabetes. And the cases are expected to double in next few years, according to recent news reports.

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Michael on 12/18/2009 08:24:59
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This is not science. In the past coffee was bad for your heart now it good against diabetes2 and Alzheimer disease. We went through with the same story with eggs, they were supposed to increase your cholesterol and were off eating, now it is OK. The biggest nonsense is that cigarette smoking causes many diseases. Some smokers get it and some nonsmokers get it. The French woman (Mme Calmant) lived for 122 years, she only smoked for 100 years. The English chap who died at 113 recently was a smoker. I have smoked for 64 years and I am in good health and 86 years old. A friend of mine who was a nonsmoker died with lung cancer recently. Coincidence is no science.
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Wendy on 12/18/2009 20:48:30
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Well said Michael. I fully agree with you
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Smart Lipo on 04/17/2010 04:00:59
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This is an awesome thing to know and even very few people in general are aware about this thing. They only know to do everything what ever they feel like but they are hardly bothered to know the importance of the things they consume.
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