Coffee Can Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Women
Go ahead, reach for that second cup of coffee. And while you're at it, have a third and a fourth cup as well. Or maybe just order one "trenta" sized brew at Starbucks.
According to a new study, your caffeine addiction just may help reduce your risk for type-2 diabetes.
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that women who regularly drank four cups of coffee a day were half as likely to develop type-2 diabetes as their decaffeinated counterparts, reports MSNBC.
The UCLA study, which was originally published in the journal Diabetes, discovered that something in the coffee stimulates a sex hormone that is known to lower diabetes risk. According to MSNBC:
Researchers suggest the link between coffee and diabetes is all about sex. Well, it's about the sex hormone-binding globulin, or SHBG, that's in the blood. Something about coffee... raises the amount of SHBG, and higher levels of it are known to lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
A press release from UCLA explains the details of the study further:
[W]omen 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. And those who also carried the protective copy of the SHBG gene appeared to benefit the most from coffee consumption.
Researchers add that the coffee must be caffeinated, as they did not notice any significant effects from decaffeinated coffee.