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Coffee prevents diabetes, does NOT up cancer, heart risk

Last updated on: February 21, 2012 13:53 IST

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Moderate consumption of coffee -- four to five cups of coffee a day -- may lower the chances of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those drinking it occasionally or not at all, say researchers.

A major European investigation into the effects of diet and lifestyle on health, found a cut in risk of around 30 per cent from regular consumption of coffee -- whether it was caffeinated or decaffeinated.

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Image: Coffee is seen at the Viennese coffee house (Wiener Kaffeehaus) Central in Vienna November 10, 2011. UNESCO appointed the Viennese coffee house culture as an immaterial world heritage on Thursday.
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The findings also reveal that coffee drinking does not appear to increase the risk of heart disease or cancer, the Daily Mail reported.

In total 42,659 people took part in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Germany study, and were followed up for almost nine years on average.


Image: A Vietnamese girl drinks a cup of coffee in Hanoi December 8, 2004. Coffee prices eased on Tuesday in Vietnam, the world's top robusta producer and exporter, as the harvest hit its peak and as sellers moved to the sidelines after a sharp price drop snuffed out last week's rally, traders said.
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During that time, there were 1,432 cases of type 2 diabetes diagnosed, 394 heart attacks, 310 strokes cases and 1,801 cancer cases.

Drinking more than four cups of coffee a day -- caffeinated and decaffeinated -- compared with less than one cup was not linked to a higher risk of developing a chronic disease.


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A lower risk of 20 to 30 per cent of developing type 2 diabetes was linked to moderate consumption of both kinds of coffee.

Although caffeine is known to act as a stimulant, it has been unclear how much a driver needs to keep alert during long journeys.

The latest study, carried out by scientists at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, suggests a single cup of caffeinated coffee is all it takes to boost alertness midway through a four-hour motorway drive.




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Caffeine acts as a stimulant and is known to combat tiredness during monotonous tasks such as motorway driving.

"This study adds to the growing scientific data that suggests moderate coffee consumption, four to five cups of coffee per day, is safe and does not increase the risk of a range of chronic disease," said Dr Euan Paul, executive director of the British Coffee Association.

"It is particularly encouraging to see that coffee consumption may lower the risk of type II diabetes given that around 90 per cent of all adults in the UK with diabetes have type 2 diabetes," Dr Paul added.

The findings were reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


Image: A worker prepares coffee for a blind taste test at Peet's Coffee headquarters in Emeryville, California November 16, 2007. While Starbucks Corp stacks its coffee shops with lunchtime salads, CDs and hot breakfast sandwiches, smaller rival Peet's Coffee & Tea Inc is concentrating on working its way into consumers' daily routines through their home coffee makers. Picture taken November 16, 2007.
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