The study, which appears today in Archives of Internal Medicine, is a meta-analysis of 457,922 people in 18 studies published between 1966 and 2009 that looked at the link between drinking coffee and diabetes risk. After analyzing the research, the study authors concluded that every extra cup of coffee consumed in one day was correlated with a 7% decrease in the excess risk of diabetes. Even better results were found for bigger coffee and tea consumers–drinking three to four cups a day was associated with about a 25% reduced diabetes risk compared with those who drank between none and two cups day.
Researchers also saw positive results with decaf coffee and tea (some tea varieties do have caffeine, but typically far less than the average cup of coffee). People who drank more than three to four cups of decaf a day had about a one-third lower risk than those who didn’t drink any. And tea drinkers who consumed more than three to four cups a day had about a one-fifth lower diabetes risk than non-tea drinkers.
I imagine that if you load the coffee or tea down with sugars and syrups you’re not doing yourself much good, but a nice cup of Java, with a splash of milk? What can be bad? Since there is diabetes in my family, this is happy news, indeed! In fact, I started my morning with Jingle Bell Java, and this article will only make that second cup more enjoyable!
Speaking of Jingle Bell Java, remember to order extra now, because it won’t be available again until Easter. And then not available again until next Christmas!
And believe me, round about the end of January, early February, when you come in from shoveling a mountain of snow, and you’re feeling fed up with winter, being able to make a cup of Jingle Bell Java, and restore a bit of Christmas into the heart, via the body, it makes a difference!