Coffee! Coffee! Coffee!

At the start of the working day most of us eagerly look forward to our first cup of coffee.

For some, a coffee hit first thing in the morning is an essential part of preparing for the action-packed day ahead.  But according to new research there may also be some extra benefits to pouring yourself a cup of coffee.

The US-based study found people who increase the number of cups of coffee they drank everyday could reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.


I can hear all you coffee-drinkers jumping for joy!  But non-caffeine drinkers need not despair, decaf may also have similar benefits!

The study found those who increased their daily intake of coffee by about 1.5 cups over a four-year period had an 11 per cent lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes in the following four years, compared to those whose coffee intake remained unchanged.

Diabetes Queensland nutritionist Rachel Latimore said there may be certain components of coffee that help regulate blood glucose and insulin levels.

But remember coffee is only one of the many dietary and lifestyle factors contributing to preventing type 2 diabetes.  Maintaining a healthy weight through a well-balanced diet and exercise is still the most important way of reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes and other lifestyle diseases.

Experts who analysed the new research for the Science Media Centre, said the team had merely evaluated potential short-term benefits and provided no evidence that long-term coffee intake lowered diabetes risk.

Rachel said although this latest research was good news, it was still important to watch what actually goes into your coffee and the size of the cup.

"Be careful with your choice if you are increasing your coffee intake as this can add extra fat, sugar and kilojoules to your diet, which could add centimetres to your waistline," she said. 

"We suggest limiting your intake of flavoured syrups, added sugars, extra fats such as cream and opt for skim milk."

See you at the coffee shop!