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Drinking more coffee and tea may reduce risk for diabetes

December 28, 2009
Adding more cups of coffee and tea – regular or decaffeinated – to the daily diet could lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Researchers at The George Institute for International Health at the University of Australia reviewed more than 18 different studies involving more than 450,000 people from 1996 to 2009, and discovered links between coffee/tea consumption and diabetes risk, according to a December issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

They found that for every additional cup of coffee consumed daily, there was a 7 percent reduction in the risk of diabetes. For drinkers of three to four cups daily, the diabetes risk was reduced by 25 percent for coffee drinkers, 33 percent for decaf coffee drinkers and 20 percent for tea drinkers.

The researchers noted that compounds within coffee and tea including magnesium and antioxidants known as lignans or chlorogenic acids could be linked to the protective benefits of the beverages.

A diabetes study under way at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, is attempting to identify emergency room patients who may be at risk for diabetes so they can be referred to their primary care doctors to address their condition. The hospital is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.ADNFCR-2730-ID-19531120-ADNFCR
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