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  • 1-2 cups of coffee per day cuts risk of diabetes in half

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    Thursday, September 20, 2007 11:52 am Email this article
    People who drink 1-2 cups of coffee per day are 53 percent less likely to develop diabetes according to a study from Greece. More than 3 Cups per Day

    No effect on diabetes in people drinking more than 3 cups per day

    Those drinking more than 3 cups per day were 5 percent more likely develop diabetes, but this was not statistically significant, meaning that it could have been due to random chance.



    Conclusion: 1-2 cups of coffee reduces the risk of diabetes

    “The data presented suggest that moderate coffee drinking [1-2 cups per day] is associated with a lower likelihood of having diabetes, after adjusting for various potential confounders,” the authors concluded.

    “Increased coffee intake [more than 3 cups per day] [is] not associated with diabetes prevalence.”



    Subjects: 500 men, 437 women, 65-100 years-old

    The study looked at 500 men and 437 women who were 65- to 100-years-old who were from the Mediterranean islands of Cyprus, Mitilini, Samothraki, Cephalonia, Corfu and Crete.

    84% drank coffee

    Eighty-four percent (84%) of participants reported drinking coffee.

    Drank coffee for 30 years

    Coffee drinkers reported that they had consumed coffee for at least 30 years.

    Boiled coffee

    A majority of them drank boiled coffee.


    Other studies

    Others studies have reported the same thing

    A number of other studies have also reported that coffee lowers the risk of diabetes.


    Panagiotakos D, Lionis C, Zeimbekis A, Makri K, Bountziouka V, Economou M, Vlachou I, Micheli M, Tsakountakis N, Metallinos G, Polychronopoulos E. Long-term, moderate coffee consumption is associated with lower prevalence of diabetes mellitus among elderly non-tea drinkers from the mediterranean islands (medis study). Rev Diabet Stud. 2007 Summer, 4(2):105-11.


    Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Harokopio University
    Athens, Greece


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