A recent study claims that drinking coffee may lower inflammation and diabetes risk. The people involved in the long-term study and who drink coffee were around half less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t drink coffee. Scientists believe that the inflammation lowering benefit of the popular beverage is what’s behind this.
Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos from the department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Harokopio University from Athens in Greece said that the long-term research revealed that drinking coffee shows both aggravating and beneficial effects for the health. He said that a connection between diabetes and coffee intake have been discovered with the help of numerous studies, while others revealed insignificant results.
Panagiotakos and his team just observed the participants in the study and didn’t make them abstain or drink coffee, so they still can’t be completely sure whether drinking the beverage helps to prevent diabetes or not. However, their discoveries might aid in the formation of a base regarding a cause and effect hypothesis.
The scientists selected a random group of over 1,300 women and men at least 18 years old from Athens in 2002 and 2001. The participants in the study completed dietary questionnaires, complete with numerous questions about their frequency in drinking coffee. Drinking less than a cup and a half of coffee a day was classified as casual and more than a cup and a half a day was deemed habitual drinking. Among the participants there were 239 nondrinkers of coffee, 385 habitual drinkers and 816 casual coffee drinkers.
The people in the study were also given blood tests in order to evaluate the levels of protein inflammation markers. The tests also looked into the antioxidants levels, which indicate the ability of the body to neutralize cell-damaging components. Ten years after the study was conducted, there were 191 individuals that had developed diabetes, including 12 percent of the women and 13 percent of the men inside the original group. The individuals that had reported drinking more coffee had lower chances of developing diabetes.
The habitual drinkers of coffee were 54 percent less likely to get diabetes than the nondrinkers of coffee. This was after taking into account the intake of other caffeinated drinks, family history of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking.
The study claiming that drinking coffee may lower inflammation and diabetes risk was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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