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A trip to Starbucks could reduce your risk of diabetes

June 9, 2010 |  1:22 pm

That cup of joe may be doing more than keeping you awake – it also may be reducing your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Coffee That’s the conclusion of a recent Japanese study involving a strain of mice that are known to become diabetic.

Studies of people have found a correlation between coffee consumption and a reduced risk of diabetes. To find out if there was a direct link between coffee and diabetes, the Japanese researchers let mice drink diluted black coffee instead of water. Those coffee drinkers were compared witha similar group of mice that got plain old H20.

After five weeks, both groups of mice had consumed the same amount of food and weighed essentially the same. However, the coffee-drinking mice had less fat under the skin and in their abdomens. In addition, their insulin did a better job of reducing the concentration of glucose in their blood.

To find out which component of coffee was responsible for these effects, the researchers did another experiment comparing plain water with caffeinated water. Once again, the caffeine-drinking mice wound up with less fat than the control mice despite eating the same amount of food and weighing about the same overall. The caffeine group also had a lower concentration of blood glucose.

The findings “suggest that coffee consumption may help to prevent type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome,” the researchers wrote in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Caffeine appears to play an important role, but it can’t be the only factor, considering that other studies have linked decaf coffee to a reduced risk of diabetes. The researchers said they are continuing to search for other coffee compounds that are anti-diabetic.

-- Karen Kaplan

Photo: Drinking this could help reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes, researchers say. Credit: Damon Winter / Los Angeles Times

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Comments (8)

Well, laboratory studies like this are really useful.

Now we know how to keep Japanese mice from becoming diabetic.

LOL!

Jim Purdy

Is this an LA Times article? Or an advertisement for the Seattle-based coffee chain? Puh-lease!

What an asinine headline for this story -- why not just "A cup of coffee..." instead of "A trip to Starbucks...". Surely a responsible commentator would realize that the drinks at Starbucks have about as much sugar as coffee these days, thus mitigating any hypothetical benefits of coffee with regards to the risk of diabetes. I'm assuming that there is a Starbucks ad in the margins, mercifully concealed with my ad-blocker.

WELL LET ME TELL YOU. I GET THIS SPICY HOT CHICKEN FROM L A, AND WHEN I TEST MY SUGAR LEVEL IT GOES DOWN HARD FROM EATING THIS STUFF. I HAD THE CHICKEN FOR LUNCH YESTERDAY AND WHEN I TESTED MY GLUCOSE WHEN I GOT HOME FROM WORK THAT NIGHT, IT WAS AN ASTONISHING 98. THE LOWEST EVER SINCE I HAVE BEEN TESTING THESE PAST TWO MONTHS. I COULDNT BELIEVE IT. I TRULY BELIEVE HOT SPICES HELP.

Your headline is pimping for Starbucks, as usual, to the exclusion of other coffee purveyors. I have no association with any of them ... just a distaste for overpriced coffee.

Well, it's an intresting idea and if they can somehow make this work for diabetic people then that would be even better. Diabetes runs in my family and I'm a big cofee lover, so this would be a real win-win for me.

LOL so wonder im not fatt..i lov cofffeee

Great news for diabetes sufferers- and Starbucks addicts :) Did you know that signs of diabetes can be detected pretty early on during a comprehensive eye exam? Watch Bill Nye The Science Guy (yes, from your 3rd grade science video) explain the correlation between eye wellness and diabetes in VSP’s second episode of EyeFiles: http://ow.ly/1WKCI



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