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Cuts Risk Of Diabetes
"We found that heavy coffee
consumption substantially reduced the risk of Type 2 diabetes in both men and
women." Dr. Frank Hu
Harvard School of Public Health (CBS) Coffee has
a complicated reputation, reports CBS News Correspondent Elizabeth Kaledin. It's
popular worldwide, but over the years, caffeine -- its main ingredient -- has
been linked to some cancers, jitteriness, insomnia and -- since many of us can't
live without it -- addiction. But there's new research about our favorite
pick-me-up that may "perk" up its image: a study that finds drinking coffee cuts
the risk of a disease now plaguing adult Americans: Type 2 diabetes. "We
found that heavy coffee consumption substantially reduced the risk of Type 2 diabetes
in both men and women," said Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health.
By "heavy" coffee consumption -- researchers mean 6 or more cups a day --
but what they found was startling. Among the thousands of men and women followed
for the study, male coffee drinkers had a 50 percent reduction in diabetes risk.
The risk for women was reduced by 30 percent. Even those who drank decaf
saw some benefit. "Contrary to what was initially thought, coffee is not
bad for you. In fact, it may be good for you," said Dr. Peter Martin. The
reason, according to Dr. Martin, who heads up the Institute for Coffee Studies
at Vanderbilt University, is that coffee is not just about caffeine. It's
a complex brew of many compounds, among them something called chlorogenic acid,
that may ward off Type 2 diabetes "It increases the body's capacity to dispose
of glucose, which is sugar in the blood," Martin said. The study results
are not an invitation to start drinking six cups of coffee a day if you don't
already -- it will still keep you up at night. But at least now you won't be kept
awake worrying that the coffee you're drinking is only doing you harm.
by Margot B