Coffee tied to lower diabetes risk

Written by New York Times | New York | Updated: May 3 2014, 19:58pm hrs
CoffeeScientists have found a link between coffee intakes and Type 2 diabetes.
Drinking more coffee may decrease your risk of Type 2 diabetes, while cutting down may increase your risk, a new study has found.

Over a 20-year period, researchers periodically collected detailed information on diet, lifestyle and medical conditions in more than 120,000 participants. They found 7,269 cases of Type 2 diabetes. After controlling for smoking, age, weight, physical activity, alcohol consumption and a family history of diabetes, they found that people who increased their coffee intake by more than an eight-ounce cup a day in a four-year period had an 11 per cent lower risk of diabetes than those whose consumption remained steady.

People who decreased their consumption by the same amount had a 17 per cent higher risk. The report appears online in Diabetologia.