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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Hottest Way to Avoid Diabetes


Coffee has been officially linked to lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a report in a recent issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA/Archives journal. It appears one of the benefits happens to be a significantly lower risk of becoming a type 2 diabetic, which is certainly grounds for celebration. However, medical science is still not entirely sure what the cause and effect really is.

This is especially good news to someone like myself. I've achieved great notoriety with some as a hardcore coffee drinker. Many have been amazed at the amount of coffee I drink per day. Even on occasions when the power goes out, there's always instant coffee (and I plan to get some MRE heaters, which are used to somewhat covertly heat up military rations by boiling water, to make these occasions even more tolerable). And on these hot days, it doesn't matter; I just drink a lot more water, to go along with my coffee.

In the JAMA study, the respondents that where least likely to develop diabetes consumed more than five cups of coffee a day over a twelve-year period. Well, for some of us, that's not even remotely a tall order, but those of you who don’t drink this much coffee needn't feel disappointed, there is still plenty of hope.

Overall caffeine intake did not appear to be the primary diabetes-preventing component, further suggesting that some other ingredient in coffee is somehow responsible. Coffee is naturally high in magnesium, which might explain some of the inverse relation between coffee intake and the risk of diabetes through known helpful effects on the carbohydrate metabolism. However, curiously enough, the study found no relation between magnesium and diabetes risk. Other minerals and nutrients found in the coffee bean including compounds known as polyphenols, which have also been shown to help the body process carbohydrates and antioxidants, and which might protect cells in the insulin-producing pancreas. The exact mechanisms behind coffee's beneficial effects clearly needs to be examined in future studies.

While much of the study does not specifically identify coffee as a definitive source for fighting diabetes, it sure tastes better than insulin. So, drink up...and I'll be drinking up right along with you, most assuredly (I'm actually drinking some black coffee right now, as I'm writing this).

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