British Coffee Association - 3-4 Cups of Coffee a Day May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
3-4 Cups of Coffee a Day May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

3-4 Cups of Coffee a Day May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Newly combined data from The Lancet and The Archives of Internal Medicine has shown that drinking a moderate amount of coffee on a daily basis, three to four cups, may help prevent type 2 diabetes.

The combined research shows that three to four cups of coffee per day is associated with an approximate 25% lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, compared to consuming none or less than two cups per day 1,2.

Barista coffee machine pouring coffee into cupThis new study adds to the growing amount of evidence that there is no need for people with diabetes to avoid coffee and it may even confer health benefits 3.

The British Coffee Association says, “This study adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting that moderate coffee consumption can contribute to a healthy, balanced diet and may play an important role in the prevention of conditions such as diabetes. Pregnant women should continue to moderate their caffeine intake to 200mg per day, two to three cups, in line with NHS guidelines.”

References

1. van Dam RM et al. (2002) Coffee consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Lancet. 360:1477-8.
2. Huxley R et al.(2009). Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, and Tea Consumption in Relation to Incident Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Arch Intern Med; 169 : 2053-63.
3. Zhang, W. et al. Diabetes Care, February, 2009.