A review of 30 studies involving more than a million participants and presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 2018 Annual Meeting in Berlin, suggests coffee may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. One caveat: The study was conducted by researchers at the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, which is funded by major European coffee companies.
According to the research, drinking three to four cups of regular or decaffeinated coffee per day is associated with a 25 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes in both men and women. The report also provides information about factors that may contribute to coffee’s protective effect, including:
- Antioxidant properties
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Heat-producing (thermogenic) properties
- Balance of bacteria in the GI tract (microbiome diversity)
- Certain compounds in coffee, such as caffeic acid and cafestol
Sourced from: Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee