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Reduced diabetes risk

People who drink coffee are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who do not, says a survey.

health and fitness Updated: Jan 07, 2004 21:23 IST

A study says that men and women who drink more coffee and other caffeinated beverages are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who drink few or no caffeinated beverages.

Researchers based their conclusions on data from a study of more than 126,000 men and women who reported their intake of coffee and other caffeinated beverages every two to four years over a period of 12 to 18 years.

Decaffeinated coffee consumption was not associated with type 2 diabetes. The association of coffee and type 2 diabetes was similar in strength to the association between consumption of tea and risk for diabetes.

Researchers have said that the study does not prove that drinking coffee lessens the risk of diabetes and they advise people not to increase their coffee consumption to prevent type 2 diabetes.

However, the authors of the study have said that the link between caffeine and glucose tolerance does need further extensive research to reach to a concrete conclusion.