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October 2010 Volume 3

OU 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 70%.

"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.

"Preventive measures are key,"  said Dr. Madona Azar.

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 minutes."


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