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  • The study shows that coffee serves as a natural alternative for prediabetic patients.

    The study shows that coffee serves as a natural alternative for prediabetic patients. | Photo: Reuters

Published 13 November 2018
Opinion

A daily intake of three to four cups of coffee showed a notable decrease in prediabetic symptoms in both men and women.

Caffeine addicts can write diabetes of their list after a recent scientific report showed that drinking coffee lowers the risk of type two diabetes by 25 percent.

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A study conducted by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) was a compilation of 30 separate projects which analyzed the coffee consumption of over a million prediabetic participants.

ISIC study leader, Professor Kjeld Hermansen, said that a daily intake of three to four cups of black coffee, caffeinated or decaffeinated, showed a notable decrease in prediabetic symptoms in both men and women.

“The study also considered the impact additions to coffee, such as creamer and sugar, had; and concluded that whilst the risk was lower for the patients who typically consumed black coffee than for those who mixed creamer and sugar into their coffees, the difference was not significant,” the report said.

The study shows that coffee serves as a natural alternative for prediabetic patients, due to the presence of components such as caffeine, hydroxycinnamic acids notably chlorogenic acid, trigonelline, diterpenes eg cafestol and kahweol, and caffeic acid.

The report, entitled, “'Coffee and type 2 diabetes” was unveiled in Berlin during the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Tuesday.

Scientists say that coffee may also play a role in reducing women mortality rates, although further research is necessary to fully understand the coffee’s medicinal properties in regards to diabetes.

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