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Study shows coffee can help reduce risk of type 2 diabetes

December 23, 2012

A new study conducted by researchers from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) found that coffee consumption may help seniors reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The researchers found that drinking three or four cups of coffee a day can result in a 25 percent decrease in the risk of type 2 diabetes when compared with those who drank no coffee or just one or two cups. The study authors also found that each cup reduced relative risk by 7 to 8 percent.

The report noted how the the results could be seen as counterintuitive, seeing how coffee consumption is linked to other unhealthy habits such as smoking and inactivity. However, other studies have indicated that coffee does not increase the risk of hypertension, stroke or heart disease. More research needs to be done to verify these results.

"A dose-dependent inverse association between coffee drinking and total mortality has been demonstrated in general population and it persists among diabetics," the study authors concluded. "Although more research on the effect of coffee in health is yet needed, current information suggests that coffee is not as bad as previously considered."

When it comes to healthy aging, eating well and exercising on a regular basis are imperative. This is especially true for those who want to stave off diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, it is important to incorporate three different types of exercise into a routine - aerobic, strength training and flexibility - as these will all help keep the condition at bay.