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Drinking coffee may delay diabetes development

Drinking coffee may delay diabetes development, according to the latest research from the American Chemical Society.

Coffee has shown much health benefits lately and is a huge part of the American lifestyle. According to Harvard research, 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day.

The beverage used to be very controversial, as some believed that it caused cancer. In June of last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) finally cleared it up once and for all that coffee does not cause cancer.

In recent studies researchers have identified substances in coffee that may help aid in reducing diabetes risk. However, very few of these substances have been tested.

In the new study, scientists have found that one of these coffee compounds may improve cell function and insulin sensitivity. The new findings may change the way the disease is treated.

Some studies have shown that three to four cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a disease that affects over 30 million Americans. At first, scientists thought that caffeine was responsible for these benefits. But after further research, they realized that there were other compounds truly responsible.

The researchers and their colleagues found that a compound in coffee called cafestol increased insulin in the pancreatic cells that they were applied to.

Science Daily reported:

The researchers divided mice that are prone to develop Type 2 diabetes into three groups. Two of the groups were fed differing doses of cafestol. After 10 weeks, both sets of cafestol-fed mice had lower blood glucose levels and improved insulin secretory capacity compared to a control group, which was not given the compound. Cafestol also didn’t result in hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, a possible side effect of some antidiabetic medications. The researchers conclude that daily consumption of cafestol can delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes in these mice, and that it is a good candidate for drug development to treat or prevent the disease in humans.

The study showing that drinking coffee may delay diabetes development was published in the Journal Of Natural Products.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Substance in Coffee Delays Onset of Diabetes in Laboratory Mice.” ScienceDaily, ScienceDaily, 6 Sept. 2017, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170906103744.htm.
2. “Cafestol, a Bioactive Substance in Coffee, Has Antidiabetic Properties in KKAy Mice.” ACS Publications, Journal Of Natural Products, 1 Aug. 2017, pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jnatprod.7b00395.

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