Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Now, here is another reason for coffee lovers to relish the drink as researchers suggest that coffee protects against type II diabetes.
Studies suggest that coffee helps in decreasing the glucose levels in the blood, which are a warning sign for diabetes.
According to a new study led by an Indian-American researcher, people who increased the amount of coffee intake each day by more than one cup over a four-year period had a 11 percent lower risk for type II diabetes than those who made no changes to their coffee consumption.
Alternatively, those who decreased their coffee consumption by more than a cup per day increased their type II diabetes risk by 17 percent, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) noted.
The researchers evaluated participants' diets every four years with a questionnaire, and those who self-reported type II diabetes filled out additional questionnaires.
A total of 7,269 cases of type II diabetes were documented.
Changes in decaffeinated coffee consumption and caffeinated tea consumption were not associated with changes in risk for type II diabetes.
The study has been published in the journal Diabetologia.
(With Agencies inputs)