Coffee lovers — I’ve got another one for you. Or I should say “us.”
A few days ago I told you about coffee’s apparent protective effects against Alzheimer’s disease. That alone is plenty enough reason to enjoy a cup or two each day.
Now, new research from China reveals another potential health benefit.
Researchers matched coffee intake with cases of diabetes in more than 2,300 middle-aged subjects. Results showed that the higher the coffee intake, the lower the fasting glucose levels.
More specifically, just one cup of coffee per week reduced type 2 diabetes risk by one-third, and one-to-six cups per week reduced risk my more than half.
Researchers don’t know why coffee might have this very beneficial effect, but they speculate the magnesium content might play a role. Magnesium has been shown to help control blood sugar and curb insulin resistance.
Personally, I love this news! Especially since I’m sitting in a Starbucks as I’m typing this.
And, by the way, if you’re thinking, “Coffee? China?” The answer is: “Yes, China.” Apparently the Chinese are making the switch from tea and starting to really love their coffee. Currently, there are more than 750 Starbucks in China. I found one when I was in Shanghai for less than an hour!
“Coffee and Diabetes” Ann Lukits, Wall St. Journal, 6/28/11, online.wsj.com