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
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
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
"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!