In light of China’s soaring diabetes rates researchers have been scrambling to discover new preventative measures, the most recent being drinking coffee. Presumably not Starbucks’ Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino.
Researchers from Qingdao University in China analyzed 26 studies on coffee and type 2 diabetes, involving a total of more than 1 million participants. They found that those who drank the most coffee were up to 30 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those who drank the least amount. They published the results in the European Journal of Nutrition in October.
The reduced risk is reportedly linked to the caffeine, which lowers weight and speeds up your metabolism, two main factors in decreasing the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes.
It’s unclear why exactly coffee reduces diabetes risk, but Steven Zodkoy, a nutrition specialist with the American Clinical Board of Nutritionists, said it probably has to do with the caffeine, which lowers weight and speeds up metabolism. Apparently black coffee works best:
It’s not just brewed coffee that may help – other studies have found that consuming raw, unroasted coffee beans lowered blood sugar in healthy people, which could help prevent diabetes.
Steven Zodkoy said the coffee drinkers in the studies analyzed had a healthier diet, which would have further reduced their risk.
“People who drank coffee in the studies tended to drink much less sugary soda,” said Zodkoy. “Sugar-sweetened drinks are known to cause obesity, which is linked to diabetes.”
This is the second unlikely antidote Chinese researchers have discovered recently, the first being Sprite for hangovers. We wonder what other everyday beverage will turn out to possess miracle healing powers: Mr. Pibb for Lupus?