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Prevent Type 2 Diabetes with Coffee

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes with Coffee

Two of your favorite coffee shops (hint: Seattle and donuts) sell North Americans more than 12 million cups of Joe a day. And they’re far from your only source: You’re drinking 400 million cups daily! At that rate, you’d think every man, woman and child was chugging the brew. But only about 54% of you (18 and older) drink coffee every day. And that means you're not getting all the health benefits coffee has to offer.

One 13-year study of 400,000 people 50-71 found drinking 3 cups daily made folks less likely to die (during the study) of heart and respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes and infections. And now there’s news that coffee drinking helps prevent type 2 diabetes.

Seems for every 2 cups of caffeinated coffee you drink daily (no added sugar or sweeteners, coffee creamers or whole milk!) your risk of type 2 diabetes falls 12%. Decaf drinkers reduce their risk by 11%. Drink four cups and the risk is cut by 22-24%! But you can’t just sip your way around type 2 diabetes. The best benefits come to nonsmokers (so get help stopping if you smoke) and people who aren’t overweight or obese.

So, combine your daily coffee habit with physical activity (go for 10,000 steps a day) and a diet that includes nine servings of fruits and veggies a day, 100% whole grains and lean protein (salmon, ocean trout and skinless poultry). Then that after-dinner espresso or decaf will really help you get healthier.

Medically reviewed in October 2018.

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