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Good news for coffee drinkers. A few cups a day reduces your risk of diabetes

Drinking three to four cups of coffee per day apparently isn’t all that bad.

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LOVE YOUR COFFEE? New research, published today on World Diabetes Day, shows that drinking coffee can reduce the risk of type two diabetes by up to 25%.

The report, carried out by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) finds that moderate consumption of coffee on a daily basis may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Three to four cups 

Evidence shows that drinking 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 to less than two cups per day.

The study, which was carried out in May 2014 with a sample size of 1000 participants, showed that increasing coffee consumption by one cup per day over a 4 year period resulted in an 11% lower risk of type 2 diabetes in the subsequent 4 years.

Those who decreased coffee intake by one cup per day had a 17% higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

Research has also suggested that the time of coffee consumption could play a distinct role in glucose metabolism.

Lunch time 

One prospective cohort study of 69,532 women examined the long-term effects of coffee on type 2 diabetes and found drinking coffee, especially at lunch time, reduced the risk of developing diabetes.

Conor Minogue from the Irish Coffee Council said the study is welcome news for people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in Ireland.

He said moderate coffee consumption fits well with a healthy balanced diet and can be enjoyed as part of active lifestyle.

“However, we do recommend that pregnant women limit their caffeine intake from all sources to 200mg per day in line with current guidelines,” he said.

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