Drinking more coffee lowers the risk of developing type II diabetes and also prevents the disease from becoming worse, a new study reveals.
Diabetes is becoming a social problem as the number of people affected by this disease continues to increase. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were more than 422 million people worldwide who were living with the disease as of 2014.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says that as of 2012, the number of people in America who had the disease was 29.1 million which is roughly 9.3% of the population. This number, however, has increased as seen in the rising cases of new infections and death.
Diabetes is a disease that affects both the young and old although, when it comes to type II, it mainly affects mature adults. It occurs when the body is unable to utilize the amount of sugar/glucose due to poor production of insulin in the body.
People suffering from diabetes are told to watch their diet because the type of food they consume affects the levels of blood sugar. Diabetics are advised to avoid starchy, fatty, sugary and high-carb foods.
In a recent study that was undertaken by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, it was discovered that coffee can influence the blood glucose concentration. The study focused on the intake of both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee as well as the volumes consumed.
Caffeine is the active ingredient in coffee and is known to stimulate the Central Nervous System (CNS) and make a person more alert and energetic. Some people have however been critical about diabetics taking coffee and other caffeinated products as they believe it would have negative consequences.
These fears, however, were brought to rest following the wide-scale study done by Harvard researchers that shows coffee lowers the risk of contracting type II diabetes and also helps prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Led by Shilpa Bhupathirajusta, the researchers relied on 1,109,272 subjects who were examined in a period ranging from 10 months to as many as 20 years. 45,335 of the participants had diabetes.
The results of the experiment showed that people who had increased their coffee intake in the last 4 years had lowered their risk of getting diabetes II by 11%. However, those who had reduced the intake of coffee had increased their risk by 17%.
The encouraging results were evident in both caffeinated as well as decaffeinated coffee.