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Consumption of Caffeinated beverages, and coffee in particular, have got a bum rap. 

Some people say it is harmful and many try to cut the drink out of their diet altogether. 

But don't put away your Mr-Coffee yet, recent studies suggest that regular consumption of caffeine can actually improve health, especially where diabetes is concerned. 

Good news for Starbucks--and for you, since you can now have your morning cuppa joe without feeling guilty!

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital have discovered something surprising:-

Men and women who have a regular consumption of coffee had a significantly smaller risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes than people who did not have a regular consumption of coffee.

Men had the most favorable results, with a fifty percent reduction for those who had a regular consumption of more than six cups each day. 

Women showed a thirty percent reduction when consuming the same amount. Despite the gender difference, both benefits are considerable, and very impressive.

Though the exact reason is unclear, this result might have something to do with the presence in coffee of antioxidants, substances which seem to increase the sensitivity of the human body to insulin. Insulin is a critical component in maintaining the blood glucose level. 

Thus, if coffee does indeed have an impact on insulin, the implication for diabetes prevention is striking.

This particular form of diabetes, commonly found among those who are over 40, obese and with a family history which reflects diabetes, appears to be environmentally triggered. 

While most individuals who develop diabetes need to take an oral medication to control their glucose levels, those with a more aggravated case of diabetes may need to receive insulin injections on a daily basis. 

The effects of the Caffeinated coffee on individuals who may have a propensity to develop diabetes could be staggering, if the statistics are accurate.

The study in question did not differentiate with regard to how the coffee was taken--black or with milk and sugar. 

However, one thing is certain: caffeine consumption does, at least temporarily, raise the level of glucose in the body. If it does so in the short-term, it may do so more permanently in the long-run, with regular caffeine consumption.

Though researchers don't encourage folks to take up the habit of excessive coffee drinking, those who do enjoy the consumption of a hot cup of ~Joe~ can relax without the worry of the negative impact of their favorite beverage on their bodies.

The author of this article is Stacy Juchina

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Source:  Article was submitted by Stacy Juchina for publication.

For further information on original source material, please contact:

Kevin Myron
Office of Communications
Harvard School of Public Health
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Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-432-3952
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