Experts Reveal, 3 to 4 Cups of Coffee Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Dec 04, 2015 05:31 PM EST | By Pao Uychiat

Coffee is the star in the morning for people on the go in this generation. Most of them are too busy that breakfast is just coffee while driving to the office. Many studies claim that too much coffee is bad for the health, while others say it has some good health benefits as well. An article in The Indian Express said that three to four cups of coffee a day lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

There are compounds in coffee that has the same qualities as an anti-diabetic drug that gives a lot of hope in lowering the risk of having type 2 diabetes. Coffee lovers might be in cloud nine while reading this article. A recent study claimed that scientists have found two compounds that has this health benefit.

Patients who already have diabetes has become resistant to a hormone that helps turn glucose from food to energy which is called insulin. The pancreas makes more insulin in order to overcome the resistance, but in the long run it can't produce enough. When this happens, high blood sugar levels can then cause health problems like blindness or nerve damage.

Through time, genetic and lifestyle choices are some of the factors that have been connected to some people developing type 2 diabetes. However, drinking coffee has been discovered to halt the start of the disease. Many have thought it's because of caffeine, however in the study it shows that it only has a short term effect to glucose and insulin and that decaffeinated coffee has the same effect as the regular caffeinated coffee.

Soren Gregersen and colleagues at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark started an investigation on the bio-active components of coffee that are said to prevent diabetes.

They used different coffee compounds to check. Cafestol and caffeic acid increased the production of insulin when glucose was added. Cafestol increased glucose uptake in muscles cells, matching the prescribed level of anti-diabetic drug. The team said that the dual benefits of cafestol are good for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Lastly, because most coffee filters eliminate so much cafestol in drip coffee, its most likely that the other compounds contributes to these health benefits.

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