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Diabetes and Coffee? | Diabetes Daily Post
Diabetes and Coffee?

Diabetes and Coffee – A Good Mix – Maybe A Great Mix

For years it has been reported that drinking coffee is not good for you if you are diabetic. The thought was that coffee interfered with a your ability to process glucose, a key mechanism that does not work well for diabetics.

The good news is that a study in the June issue of Diabetes Care shows that drinking coffee, even a lot of coffee, may be safe for diabetics and may even be helpful.

The study involved 3,400 diabetic men. After adjusting for age, smoking and other health factors, the researchers concluded that drinking regular coffee, even up to four or more cups a day, did not increase the risk of heart disease or death in men with diabetes, compared to men who did not drink coffee.

In a different study, published in the same issue of Diabetes Care, it was reported that two compounds in coffee, chlorogenic acid and trigonelline, actually reduced glucose levels and insulin responses during an oral glucose tolerance test for those in the study who were diabetic. These findings suggest that drinking coffee may actually reduce the risk of diabetes in healthy adults.

I have two questions:

  • Do the results of this study hold true for women?   And
  • What if you add espresso to your coffee? Does that make the

results better or worse or no change?

I am not a betting person, but I am betting that there will be another study that will include women.

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