research: Coffee reduces diabetes
risk in Indians
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Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma
researchers have found that American
Indians who drink over 12 cups of
coffee a day reduce their risk of
developing Type 2 diabetes by nearly
"We are not suggesting people drink
this much coffee," said Dr. Ying
Zhang from OU. Instead,
researchers are investigating which
compounds or molecules in coffee
reduce the diabetes risk..
American Indians have high rates of
Type 2 diabetes. Either the
cells ignore the insulin, or the
body can't produce enough insulin to
turn glucose into energy.
measures are key," said Dr.
Exercise and diet provide the first
line of defense against diabetes,
especially dairy products and other
foods high in antioxidants such as
berries. Although caffeine has
some good properties, "drinking that
much coffee can predispose you for
heart problems," Azar said. "I
do not believe it is safe to start
drinking three pots of coffee a day
to prevent diabetes. I would rather
you take your dog for a walk for 30
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