The love for coffee can protect you against diabetes.
A new report, out on Friday, has found that moderate coffee consumption decreased the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 25%. These benefits prevailed only when participants consumed three to four cups of coffee a day.
The new report, compiled by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a not-for-profit organisation, reached the conclusion after analysing the available data from previous research. They found that the effect persisted irrespective of whether the popular beverage contained caffeine or not.
Interestingly, the risk came down by another 7-8% with each additional cup of coffee that one consumed.
Moreover, drinking decaffeinated or filtered coffee can provide extra protection from diabetes than caffeinated or boiled coffee, they said. This is mainly because coffee helps improve energy, metabolism, and glucose; at the same time burns calories too, The Daily Mail reported.
"The research outlined in this report suggests that regular to moderate coffee consumption may actually decrease an individual's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. This effect has been linked with higher adiponectin levels, a decrease in inflammatory markers and reduced subclinical inflammation," the authors, while concluding their report, wrote.
The findings were released on World Diabetes Day on Friday.
Fight Diabetes with these Foods
The American Diabetes Association recommends that diabetic patients should include 10 superfoods in their daily diet. These are: dark green leafy vegetables, milk plus yogurt (fat-free), nuts, beans, sweet potatoes, citrus fruit, tomatoes, berries, whole grains and fish rich with omega-3 fatty acids.
Following are some research-proven food items that can help prevent or reduce diabetes risk:
- Tree nuts: Pistachios, almonds, coconuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, chestnuts, pine nuts, cashew, macadamias
- Mediterranean diet with olive oil
Never Eat these Foods If You are Diabetic
According to experts from the Diabetic Living, diabetic people should avoid food high in sodium, carbs, and saturated fat or Trans fats. It includes cinnamon rolls, french fries and cookies, fired chicken, pie, smoothies, processed lunch meat, hamburger, doughnuts and baked food, soft drinks, milk shakes, and pizza prepared outside home.