Drinking coffee helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Yet another confirmation of the health effects of the drink most loved by Italians emerges from the meta-analysis conducted by the ISIC, Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, and presented on the occasion of World Diabetes Day, celebrated on November 13, 2013.
Drink coffee, but how much?
According to the report, regular consumption of three to four cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of developing type 25 diabetes by 2%, compared to having less than two cups or none. The benefit - more marked for women - is associated with natural components other than caffeine, to the point that the protective effect emerges to a greater extent among decaffeinated coffee drinkers.
On the mechanisms underlying the relationship between coffee consumption and diabetes risk reduction, the Institute reports the existence in the literature of two theories. One looks at metabolic stimulation and the consequent increase in energy expenditure, the other focuses on balancing the glucose produced by coffee.