Coffee has been shown to lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, reports the global diabetes community. Could this be true? How else can you prevent high blood sugar levels?
Polyphenols, antioxidant properties found in coffee, are “widely believed to help prevent inflammatory illnesses”, confirmed the charity.
In addition, coffee contains magnesium; high levels of this nutrient has been linked to lower rates of type 2 diabetes.
Citing research from the University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, three daily cups of coffee “lead to a 40 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes developing”.
Delving into the data, the research team enlisted 40,011 participants who completed a questionnaire to assess their coffee consumption.
The 10-year follow-up investigation recorded who then went on to develop type 2 diabetes.
Out of 40,011 people, 918 participants had developed the condition, yet coffee consumption was inversely related to those who developed diabetes.
It was discovered that daily consumption of three cups of coffee reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by approximately 42 percent.
It must be noted that caffeine (found in coffee) has been shown to “impair insulin sensitivity”.
The global diabetes community commented on this seemingly contradictory result.
“Decaffeinated coffee may present the best option for people, as researchers find it includes the benefits of coffee [without the] negative effects associated with caffeine.”
Not all coffees are created equal – coffees with syrup “could be problematic” for those at risk of diabetes due to its sugar content.
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Are you a latte fan? The milky coffee could be numerous in calories and carbohydrates.
Thus, they can present issues with spikes in blood sugar, which diabetics are trying to avoid.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes UK explained this serious condition begins when the pancreas can’t create functioning or adequate amounts of insulin.
Insulin is the hormone needed to enable bodily cells to ingest glucose (i.e. sugar) from the foods and drinks you consume.
The body’s cells need glucose to function optimally, otherwise health concerns arise.
Moreover, if insulin is faulty (or there isn’t enough), then glucose (i.e. sugar) starts to build up in the bloodstream.
This causes problems of its own, such as nerve damage, blood vessel damage and eye problems – just to name a few.
Reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes
The two main areas you need to focus on are: your diet and moving around more.
In terms of beverages, plain water, plain milk, tea or coffee without added sugar is recommended by Diabetes UK.
Focus on eating unsalted nuts, fruits, vegetables, lentils and beans, while cutting down on red and processed meat.
Carving time to be more active in your everyday life is “key to preventing type 2 diabetes”.
“Even moving a little more makes a big difference,” testified the charity, as carrying extra weight is disasterious to your health.