Saturday, December 19, 2009

Good News for coffee lovers like me and for tea drinkers like Veronica

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I was checking my e-mail when I found this in my inbox. Being a coffee lover myself, I had enough reason to smile the entire day after reading it. This article, which is published in the December 14/28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, actually made my day at mid-morning.

In a gist, the article tells us that:

1. High intakes of coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea are associated with a reduced risk for Diabetes Mellitus Type 2. This finding is a result of a meta-analysis of 18 studies with a total of 457, 922 participants.

2. There was an inverse log-linear relationship between coffee intake and the subsequent risk for diabetes. In english, every additional cup of coffee consumed in one day was associated with a 7% decrease in the excess risk for diabetes.

3. The meta-analytic study is not without limitations like any other research but, quoting directly from the article and from the study authors, "if the beneficial effects were observed in interventional trials to be real, the implications for the millions of individuals who have diabetes mellitus, or who are at future risk of developing it, would be substantial."

4. 20% of the cohorts come from non-white population which limits the generalizability of the study to Western populations. But that limitation actually works for us.

5. The study authors add, "It could also be envisaged that we will advise our patients most at risk for diabetes mellitus to increase their consumption of tea and coffee in addition to increasing their levels of physical activity and weight loss."

So, need I say more? Let's raise our coffee and tea cups together and drink to that! :-)

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