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Science: Further research points to decaffeinated coffee link to lowered risk of Type 2 Diabetes

We try and keep on top of the wide range of coffee scientific research taking place at universities of all over the world.

Recently, in the Archives of Internal Medicine (part of a JAMA/Archives journals), new research points perhaps to coffee’s prevention qualities with regards to Type 2 Diabetes.

Researchers studied 12 years of data on coffee drinkers and those drinking 5 cups of coffee – both caffeinated and decaffeinated – were seen to have a marked lowering of risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

It was concluded that caffeine was not contributing factor, but the chemical composition of coffee, in particular magnesium, which might explain some of the inverse relations between coffee intake and the risk of diabetes through known helpful effects on the carbohydrate metabolism, as well as polyphenols, which have been shown to help the body process carbohydrates and antioxidants, which might protect cells in the insulin-producing pancreas.

As ever, this research points towards potential conclusions, but is not clear cut, so more research is needed to conclude that decaffeinated coffee is a sure fire way to prevent type 2 diabetes.



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