If you have a history of type 2 diabetes or are concerned about developing it, some recent research suggests something that may be of interest to you.

A series of studies has found a connection between regular, moderate coffee consumption and a significantly lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, the type of research performed so far does not prove cause and effect. A firm link has been established, but the research is still relatively new and has yet to fully explore the relationship between coffee consumption and type 2 diabetes.

Medical News Today compiled some of the research and reported the findings. The research shows that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is connected to around a 25% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes when compared to drinking zero to two cups a day. In addition to this finding, a smaller additional benefit is suggested to consuming cups of coffee beyond the three or four. Each additional cup of coffee was found to reduce the relative risk by seven to eight percent.

According to research, not all coffee is created equal. The link between coffee consumption and lowering type 2 diabetes is stronger for decaffeinated coffee. Preliminary research believes that this is due to the higher amount of caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid in decaffeinated coffee compared to caffeinated. These components are thought to be the main sources of the benefits of coffee drinking.

However, other studies suggest that for women regular coffee decreased the risk of diabetes by a significantly higher percentage than decaffeinated coffee. Again, the correlation between coffee and lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes is still being established and explored.

What does all of this mean for you? Potentially, significant and positive results may come from the regular consumption of coffee. However, before you begin drinking coffee regularly solely to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, you should take a closer look at the positives and negatives. Each person’s situation is unique, so talk with a medical professional before making any serious decisions related to your health.

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The Coffee Conundrum
What Is the Effect of Caffeine on Blood Sugar?
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