Posted on Jan 17, 2011 | Comments 0
Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles are of the view that coffee can help cut type 2 diabetes risk, and explain why this is so.
The plasma levels of a protein known as the sex hormone-binding globulin or SHBG are known to increase due to coffee intake. SHBG is in charge of regulating the activity of testosterone and estrogen, which are the body’s sex hormones and are also known to play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.
According to Dr. Simin Liu, Professor at the UCLA School of Public Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, drinking more than 4 cups of coffee a day was seen to reduce diabetes risk by 50% when compared to those who did not drink coffee.
In the study, women who drank four cups of caffeinated coffee each day were found to have higher amounts of SHBG than non-drinkers and were 56 percent less likely to develop diabetes than non-drinkers.
Earlier as well, the connection between coffee intake and reduced type 2 diabetes risk had been observed.
However, the presumed reason behind this was that coffee could improve the person’s tolerance to blood sugar or insulin and also help speed up the metabolism thereby lowering changes of developing the lifestyle related diabetes.