Health Watch: Say ‘Hello’ to Coffee and ‘Goodbye’ to Diabetes

For those of you who’ve been trying to find a legitimate excuse to cut down on your coffee intake for health reasons, hold that thought for a second and thank UCLA researchers who’ve given all of us another reason why we shouldn’t kick that caffeine habit quite yet.

For quite some time now, researchers have had an inkling that coffee has had a connection with preventing type 2 diabetes. And in fact they were right.

What researchers have found is that caffeine aficionados were least likely to develop type 2 diabetes, as the java works as a protective agent by increasing the plasma levels of sex-hormone-binding globulin (SHGB). The SHGB protein regulates the biological activity of the body’s sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen which has been long been thought to play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.

As Science Daily reported, after Atsushi Goto, UCLA doctoral student in epidemiology, and Dr. Simin Liu, professor of epidemiology and medicine with joint appointments at the UCLA School of Public Health and the David Geffen School, tested 359 new diabetes cases with 359 said to be healthy controls out of 40,000 women varying in both age and race, “they found women who drank four cups of caffeinated coffee each day had significantly higher levels of SHBG than did non-drinkers and were 56 percent less likely to develop diabetes than were non-drinkers,” explained Mark Wheeler of the UC Newsroom.

“Early studies have consistently shown that an “inverse association” exists between coffee consumption and risk for type 2 diabetes,” Liu said. “That is the greater the consumption the lesser the risk of diabetes. It was thought that coffee may improve the body’s tolerance to glucose by increasing metabolism or improving its tolerance to insulin.”

Liu adds, they now know that SHBG is indeed critical as an early target for assessing the risk and prevention of the onset of diabetes. They now know the protein can be influenced by dietary factors like coffee intake in affecting diabetes risk. The lower the levels of SHBG, the greater the risk beyond any known diabetes factor.

But diabetes prevention is only the beginning of the health benefits coffee may give us. In a number of other studies, one in particular published in the Wall Street Journal and referenced by Top News, coffee has been found to possess antimicrobial agents that aid in the prevention of tooth decay. Other studies have said it decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases in women by no less than 24 percent, protects men from Parkinson’s disease while also increasing their metabolism and may also help the condition of short-term memory loss and is a helpful factor in aiding headaches.

So before you back away from that latte, just remember that one cup of espresso can provide you with loads of health benefits, so you might as well ask your barista for that double shot.

3 comments for “Health Watch: Say ‘Hello’ to Coffee and ‘Goodbye’ to Diabetes

  1. Diana
    February 15, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    GREAT JOB ALLISON!!!! I will be sure to drink some more coffee now since I have been trying to stay away from it! THANKS for the informative research you have done!

  2. February 16, 2011 at 9:12 am

    No problem Diana, I’m glad this helps and gives us all a legitimate excuse to drink that extra cup of coffee. As for whether it’s more effective with black coffee or coffee with cream and sugar, it never really specified which was more effective just that coffee consumption helps prevent Type 2 diabetes. The way I see it is the more you drink the less likely you’ll get it, so drink away Diana, whether it be lattes, black coffee, espresso shots, or cappuccinos I think any will do the job.

    But here are some nutritional facts that may help you base your drink of choice that I had found on LiveStrong.com:

    Nutrients

    A cup of black coffee contains 5 mcg of folate and over 6mg of choline, with few other vitamins. It also contains 5mg of calcium, 7mg of magnesium, 7mg of phosphorus and 116mg of potassium. Adding milk, especially fortified milk, will up your nutrient intake to 58 international units of vitamin A per fluid ounce and 13 IU of vitamin D for reduced fat milk as well has higher calcium, phosphorus and potassium content.
    Other Coffee Drinks

    While coffee is naturally low in fat and calories, you can run into trouble by consuming other coffee drinks. Barnie’s offers a variety of espresso drinks including lattes, cappuccinos and cafĂ© au laits — beverages often prepared using cream or half and half. One cup of cream contains 315 calories, 28g of fat, 90 mg of cholesterol, 99mg of sodium, 10g of carbs and 7g of protein. It also provides 17 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, 25 percent of calcium and 4 percent of vitamin C, according to the Nutrient Database. Cream may be very low in sodium and a good source of calcium, but it’s extremely high in saturated fat.

    Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/278967-barnies-coffee-nutrition/#ixzz1E8ubnSnv

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