Coffee and Type 2 Diabetes Control

    Coffee consumption originated in northeastern Africa, spreading throughout the Middle East in the 15th century and thence to Europe.  Coffee has been traditionally included as a part of Mediterranean diet that is rich is olive oil, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables.  This tradition includes indulgence of cafe con leche in Spain, a shot of rich espresso in Italy and dark Turkish coffee.  Today more than half of the US population consumes coffee.  Although coffee is negatively perceived for its caffeine content, American researchers have found that coffee consumption may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and improve indicators of normal glucose metabolism or both.


       Drinking coffee is not harmful if done so in moderate amount.  Scientific evidence for coffee's health benefit includes:

  • Studies have shown that men who drink 4-5 cups of coffee daily cut their risk of developing Parkinson's disease almost in half.

  • Coffee has many more health benefits associated with it: participants in one study had a 52% lower incidence of rectal cancer than those who never consumed any.

  • Those who drank two to three cups of coffee per day had a 40% lower risk of developing gallstone disease than men who did not, and a 45% lower risk for those who drank four or more cups.

  • Coffee reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease and studies suggest a link between coffee and overall neurological health.
  • Coffee increases alertness, enhances concentration and reduces fatigue.
  • Daily coffee consumption reduces the risk of liver cancer by almost half.
  • Coffee consumption lowers the risk of developing liver cirrhosis by 71%-84%.
  • Lowering risk of type 2 diabetes.   35% lower in risk for those who consumed at least 6 cups of coffee per day, and 28% lower in those who consumed 4-6 cups daily.

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