Researchers have found that those who drink at least two cups of coffee a day have a 12 percent reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Even decaffeinated coffee helps reduce the risk. albeit not as much as the full-blown version.
However, this positive effect was not found in study participants who were already overweight. One of the most common risk factors for Type 2 diabetes is one’s weight, and this factor is so great, not even the wonder of coffee can help.
So why does coffee seem to help prevent diabetes?
The research team has a few theories. Coffee contains polyphenols, which are beneficial plant compounds. One of these compounds, chlorogenic acid (CGA), delays the absorption of glucose. Such delays can even help those who have already been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Of course, coffee isn’t the only thing that will help with Type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association has a list of recommended foods that help reduce risk of developing the disease and help those who already have it. Beans and leafy greens top the list, along with citrus fruits, berries, nuts, and sweet potatoes, all foods that are already recommended for heart health.