Coffee prevents diabetes?

Oh, my! This is certainly news you knew I would push! (H/T)

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!

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  • Brooklyn

    Interesting post…

    Off topic, although maybe a little coffee was used as part of their inspiration:
    silent monks

    Thought you might enjoy.


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  • dry valleys

    Use honey instead of sugar. It gives such a rich taste, I love it. I drank some blueberry juice. Though, given my comments about how unhealthy sugar is, I was a bit disconcerted to see the main ingredient in the “juice” was sugar!

    I am a bit sceptical about “X gives you cancer/is the key to eternal life” stories in the popular press, after reading Ben Goldacre’s blog for a bit. It seems to me they always magically provide an excuse for that chocolate/wine/bacon you were going to eat anyway.

    Just have a moderate amount of whatever it be you feel like= have a walk or even a cycle to make up for it :) I walked for 5 miles today (journey home from work). Haven’t been cycling for a week as I am doing hours. Also waiting for these awful short days to finish.

    [I agree that moderation is likely the key to everything. You did not mean put honey in coffee, though, did you? -admin]

  • B. Durbin

    There’s also a great deal of evidence that vinegar of various stripes also helps with diabetes and heart disease. It could be that the typical American diet just isn’t acidic enough.

  • Mimsy

    And don’t forget that cinnamon is supposed to be good for diabetics, too.

  • Bob3rd1

    I drink 15 cups of coffee a day for years and have full blowen diabetes. Why publish such rubish>

  • Hantchu

    Honey in coffee? Not my cup of tea, so to speak. But then, I don’t like sugar or sweetener of any kind in mine.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if tea and coffee have an effect on the metabolism that includes utilization of glucose.

    “So let’s have another cup of coffee…”

  • Jeanette

    So, what happens if you don’t like coffee and don’t drink much tea? Would Mountain Dew (Diet, of course) do the trick? I hear it has a lot of caffeine, but when I used to drink caffeinated drinks they gave me horrible heartburn. :(

  • Jeanette

    Forgot to mention I am a Type 2 diabetic. Can’t walk anymore because I blew my left knee out twice walking.

    Got a big jolt on my last checkup in November though. Triglycerides high (overall cholesterol not bad) and now I have high blood pressure.

    I decided it was time to get back in shape and have lost 16 pounds at last weigh-in a week ago.

  • Ellen

    Too bad for me. I have tried coffee in every way imaginable, but I think it tastes horrid. I’ll stick to my tea. When I drink hot tea, I drink it with milk and sugar, but I drink iced tea unsweetened which always gives me a vague sense of being untrue to my southern upbringing.

  • dry valleys

    I use honey in all the settings in which I used to use sugar. But I don’t drink coffee, so for all I know it wouldn’t work in that context- who’s to say? :) Just an idea if you ever find yourself having some porridge or the like. It is good with bread as well. No meal with me is complete without a large bit of rye bread with all kinds of obscure toppings, a different one on each piece :)

    [Being Irish, I take my porridge straight. Love that stuff! -admin]

  • Georgia

    Good strong coffee, such as restaurant expresso, is a rich source of Niacin which is being used in a trial in California for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

    So far, when I contacted the people there have been few troublesome side effects with the high doses given. If the results are good, they will expand the trials to multiple sites around the US (I don’t know about international sites)

    I have a close relative who was diagnosed with Alzheimers, so I am hoping this will be a successful study and of some benefit to her.

    There are some lifestyle and dietary changes that correlate with reduced likelihood of Alzheimers, such as regular moderate exercise, particularly walking, certain foods, (fish, nuts, blueberries) nutrients (vit C), regular sleep, reduced stress, stimulus of learning/memorizing/studying, social support, engaging with others, etc. Mayo gave us a list when she was diagnosed and other Alzheimer’s groups have such lists.

  • Myssi

    I rather think the Anchoress and I could be good kitchen friends. Coffee with a splash of milk, porridge straight up and toasted Irish soda bread. Manna from the Emerald Isle…

  • Brent

    I think that we need to remember this post is a snippet of research that has been done regarding the correlation between coffee/tea and diabetes. However, as with any scientific process results are never conclusive and are always challenged. I think the anchoress should be thanked for bringing this to us in an easily digested format to allow us to ask questions, dig deeper, and share information, but shouldn’t be chastised for posting it because you might have diabetes and drink coffee. Maybe a better route would be to research the published study and contact the researchers.

  • russ rentler

    If it wasn’t for the Catholic Church, we wouldn’t have this precious gift of coffee. check out my post here:

    Papacy and Coffee