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Coffee and tea may lower diabetes risk

Posted by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 8:22 PM
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WASHINGTON - People who drink the most coffee and tea, even decaffeinated versions, can dramatically lower their risk of diabetes, researchers reported on Monday.

Their study does not answer why this might be but strengthens the findings of earlier studies showing the beverages may prevent type-2 diabetes.

"Every additional cup of coffee consumed in a day was associated with a 7 percent reduction in the excess risk of diabetes," Rachel Huxley of The University of Sydney in Australia and an international team of colleagues wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

This meant that people who drank three to four cups a day had a 25 percent lower risk of developing diabetes than those who drank little or no tea or coffee.

Huxley's team did what is known as a meta-analysis, taking a look at smaller published studies to add up greater numbers of people to show patterns more clearly.

They looked at 18 different studies covering more than 450,000 people.

The trend was clear, but the reasons were not.

"Because most of the studies included in this review did not provide data on the effects of these beverages or their components on measures of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and insulin sensitivity, we cannot provide further evidence on the mechanisms involved," they wrote.

For instance, the research did not show whether people who drank more coffee were eating or drinking less unhealthy stuff.

"Our findings suggest that any protective effects of coffee and tea are unlikely to be solely effects of caffeine, but rather, as has been speculated previously, they likely involve a broader range of chemical constituents present in these beverages, such as magnesium, lignans, and chlorogenic acids," the researchers wrote, citing other studies.

Coffee has been shown to be a major source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet. These compounds can prevent damage to cells.

The findings could be significant — the International Diabetes Federation projects that by 2025, 380 million people worldwide could have type 2 diabetes, which is associated with overeating and a lack of exercise.

In North America, 10.2 percent of the adult population has diabetes and India alone has 50.8 million diabetics. Diabetes drugs are a multibillion dollar market but none has shown real use as a way to prevent the disease.

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tericared
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 8:28 PM

I do love my coffee.... 

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stormcris
by Christy on Dec. 14, 2009 at 8:30 PM


Quoting tericared:

I do love my coffee.... 


and it has so many good qualities....

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lbranta
by Bronze Member on Dec. 14, 2009 at 9:33 PM

I knew there was a reason I liked my coffee so much!  I read one study several years ago that said that coffee if not over done is actually good for people with A+ blood type too.  Can't remember exactly where I read it but as I said it was several years ago.

stormcris
by Christy on Dec. 14, 2009 at 9:45 PM

Hmmm I need to go find that and see how it benefitted them. I have that blood type.

Quoting lbranta:

I knew there was a reason I liked my coffee so much!  I read one study several years ago that said that coffee if not over done is actually good for people with A+ blood type too.  Can't remember exactly where I read it but as I said it was several years ago.


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Mergath
by Silver Member on Dec. 14, 2009 at 10:37 PM

My guess would be that it's because people who drink coffee or tea are filling up on that instead of high-calorie soda or junk food.  Coffee and tea don't have a lot of calories, even if you put a couple tablespoons of milk or sugar in.  Lower weight, lower risk of type-2 diabetes. *shrug*

Whatever the reason, I'm glad.  I drink a lot of both.  I just discovered lapsang souchong tea the other day.  Mmmm.  Very yummy.

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tericared
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 10:49 PM


Quoting Mergath:

My guess would be that it's because people who drink coffee or tea are filling up on that instead of high-calorie soda or junk food.  Coffee and tea don't have a lot of calories, even if you put a couple tablespoons of milk or sugar in.  Lower weight, lower risk of type-2 diabetes. *shrug*

Whatever the reason, I'm glad.  I drink a lot of both.  I just discovered lapsang souchong tea the other day.  Mmmm.  Very yummy.


lapsang souchong....what?

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tericared
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 10:52 PM

 

Lapsang Souchong is a smoked tea with a distinctive flavor, with the heady aroma of an oak fire.

The tea originates from Fujian province of China. The Fukienese word ‘souchong’ means subvariety - that is a subvariety of other black teas from the Wuyi mountains of Fujian. When Lapsang Souchong was first exported to western European countries and became famous on the international markets - it was no doubt due to the distinct aroma and flavor. Interestingly the best Lapsang is produced in the nature preserve located in the Wuyi mountains where the high mountains with thick pine forests and heavy mist provide the ideal environment for growing top quality tea.

Legend claims that the smoking process was discovered by accident. During the Qing dynasty, an army unit passing through Xingcun (Star Village) camped in a tea factory filled with fresh leaves awaiting processing. When the soldiers left and the workers could get back into the premises, they realized that to arrive at market in time, it was too late to dry the leaves in the usual way. So they lit open fires of pine wood to hasten the drying. Not only did the tea reach the market in time, but the smoked pine flavor created a sensation!

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Sounds wonderful...I love trying new coffee and tea...

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rfourangels
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Good. I love my triple lattes!

Mergath
by Silver Member on Dec. 14, 2009 at 10:55 PM

It's a variety of black tea.  The leaves are smoked over pinewood, so it basically smells and tastes like you're drinking smoked tea.  It's really bizarre, but in a good way, I think.  From what I've heard, people tend to either love it or detest it.  The smell actually makes my husband gag, but I love it.

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lapsang souchong....what?


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Brandy.B
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 10:56 PM

I have drank coffee every day of my life since I was 16. I also drink tea sometimes. I have type 2 diabetes I was diagnosed with 4 months ago.

 

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