Coffee May Help Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk

By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love coffee. A big cup of crisp, black cold brew or some espresso shots over ice always hits the spot. Luckily for me, my full-time job is as a barista at Dutch Bros so I always have access to some really good coffee. Besides just being a great way to perk up your morning or afternoon, did you know that coffee has also been shown to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes?

According to a report that was published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, drinking one additional cup of coffee every day was associated with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 4 to 6%. This is because coffee potentially has anti-inflammatory benefits along with the ability to reduce insulin resistance. And it also has a significant impact on two hormones, leptin, and adiponectin, which are important for inflammation reduction.

Researchers noted that while just an extra cup of coffee provided a 4 to 6% lesser risk of developing diabetes, greater coffee consumption was associated with higher levels of inflammation-fighting hormones. Also, they found that filtered drip coffee or espresso provided the most benefits.

So, coffee lovers like me can rejoice! Our daily cups of joe can actually help our bodies fight inflammation and reduce our risk of developing diabetes later in life!

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