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Monday, August 3, 2015

The Truth About Coffee and the Diabetes Risk -- Not As Bad As You Think!

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More and more studies are linking coffee drinking to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A recent study from Athens, Greece showed that the risk was as much as 54 percent lower.
Lower or higher risk?

The 10-year study included more than 1,400 men and women who were divided into three groups consisting of casual coffee drinkers, habitual coffee drinkers, and those who didn't drink any coffee. The results showed that habitual coffee drinkers, those who drank more than 1.5 cups of coffee a day, had a 54 percent lower risk for diabetes than the other two groups.

What coffee does to your body

According to the study, higher levels of coffee drinking lowers the levels of an inflammatory marker called serum amyloid. Serum amyloid A (SAA) proteins are associated with high-density lipoprotein (HDL) in plasma. HDL is the good cholesterol.

Another study from California revealed that coffee increases blood levels of SHBG, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), which regulates testosterone and estrogen activity. Among women who drank four or more cups of coffee per day, the risk for diabetes was less than half when compared to women who drank no coffee at all.

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