Benefits of Coffee in Type 2 Diabetes Risk Management
Prospective epidemiological studies have shown a positive relationship between habitual coffee consumption and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes (Kolb et al, 2021). So let’s explore the benefits of coffee.
Benefits of Coffee in Preventing Diabetes
While regular caffeine consumption has been shown to impair insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes, coffee also contains polyphenols and minerals such as magnesium and chromium. Multiple independent studies have shown that these minerals contribute to improved insulin sensitivity and blood sugar regulation. These then contribute to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
A 2009 study noted that consumption of 3 cups of tea or coffee a day lead to a 40% lower risk of type 2 diabetes developing. Another study showed that increased coffee consumption resulted in an 11% decrease in the risk of type 2 diabetes over the next 4 years (Diabetes.co.uk, 2021).
Taking things in moderation
While coffee consumption can assist to lower risk of type 2 diabetes, it is important to be cautious in the variety of coffee consumed. Lattes and varieties of sweetened coffee are rich in sugars and calories, which can cause imbalance of blood sugar. Such types of coffee would offset the positive effects. Therefore, it is important to regulate the type of coffee consumed. Opt for non-sweetened lattes made with skimmed milk or non-sweetened black coffee for better effects.
It’s About Consistent Self-Management
Diabetes management is about comprehensive and consistency. Aside from taking healthy foods beneficial to diabetes management, it is also important to consistently monitor one’s diabetes treatment progress.
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