If you're at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and wondering how you can significantly cut your risk, a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has the answer for you: Drink coffee!
But there's a catch - according to the study, drinking coffee will only slash your type 2 diabetes risk if you enjoy your cup of java with lunch. Read on for more about this interesting study that found a link between reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and consuming coffee at lunchtime.
Brazilian study finds that you can cut your risk of type 2 diabetes by drinking coffee
There’s a growing body of research that’s associated coffee consumption with lower risk of type 2 diabetes
– a blood sugar
disorder that’s closely linked to obesity
. However, researchers haven’t been able to prove a cause-and-effect relationship and no studies have explored whether the timing of coffee consumption influences this effect.
To investigate, Dr Daniela S Sartorelli, from the University of Sao Paulo in Ribeirao Preto in Brazil, and her team of colleagues looked at 69,532 French women who were part of a large scale European nutrition study.
The study participants varied in age from 41 to 72 at the beginning of the study. On average, Dr Sartorelli and her team followed every participant for 11 years. Over this period of time, Dr Sartorelli and her team found that 1,415 of the study participants had developed type 2 diabetes.
Dr Sartorelli noted that the study participants who drank at least three cups of coffee a day were as much as 27% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
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But researchers note that only lunchtime coffee drinking will help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes
When Dr Sartorelli and her team looked at timing of coffee drinking, they discovered that only study participants who enjoyed their coffee at lunchtime reduced their risk of type 2 diabetes. What’s more, they found that study participants who drank more than one cup of coffee with lunch every day were 33% less likely to develop the blood sugar
Dr Sartorelli noted that they only saw this lunchtime coffee drinking effect for black coffee and not coffee with milk added. This was because the number of study participants who took milk with their coffee at lunchtime was small, Dr Sartorelli noted.
Dr Sartorelli concluded that lunchtime coffee benefits may be related to the types of food people eat at lunch or have something to do with timing. Either way, you should make sure you enjoy a cup of coffee with your lunch today!