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Coffee addicts may be reducing their risk of
a new AMSTERDAM study suggests.
Coffee contains compounds that seem to help the body to metabolize sugar, which may lower the risk of diabetes, Dutch researchers said.
Scientists at Vrije University in Amsterdam looked at how various levels of coffee consumption affected the development of adult-onset diabetes in 17,111 Dutch men and women aged 30 to 60.
"The results suggested that components of coffee other than caffeine could be beneficial for glucose metabolism," said Rob van Dam of the university's department of nutrition and health.
In the short term, caffeine is known to reduce the body's sensitivity to insulin, which diabetics need to properly move blood sugar into cells.
The Dutch team said other components in coffee, such as magnesium, could be offering the health benefits.
Earlier research suggested that when coffee drinkers increased their consumption for 14 days, their blood glucose levels fell. Substituting decaffeinated coffee didn't affect glucose levels.
Van Dam noted his study did not include a control, and the findings need to be replicated and adverse effects of coffee be taken into account.
Nutritionists also cautioned that drinking more than seven cups of coffee can cause side effects. They advise people to reduce their risk of diabetes by exercising and eating a healthy diet.
The study appears in Friday's issue of the journal The Lancet.
Written by CBC News Online staff