Drinking coffee regularly may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes
A new research study published by scientists from the Nagoya University Department of Applied Molecular Bioscience in Japan has revealed that drinking coffee may play a role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
The team, led by Dr Fumihiko Horio, conducted the study on diabetic laboratory mice by feeding the animals either water or coffee. They observed that mice that had consumed coffee exhibited improved sensitivity to insulin and a reduced risk of high blood sugar, compared to the control mice.
The scientists found that the coffee had a multitude of other benefits in addition to suppressed hyperglycemia, including an improved fatty liver and lower levels of inflammatory adipocytokines, which are cell signaling proteins that are secreted by fatty adipose tissue. These findings indicate that coffee had an antidiabetic effect.
Horio and her team believe that caffeine is the ingredient responsible for these beneficial effects. Additional evidence showed this stimulatory component to potentially be one of the most effective anti-diabetic compounds in coffee.
The findings were published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry