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Coffee and tea linked to lower diabetes risk

Published on 21/12/2009
Coffee and tea have been linked to a reduced risk of type-2 diabetes.

Drinking regular cups of coffee and tea can help lower a person's risk of developing type-2 diabetes, according to a new review of existing evidence.

A review of more than a dozen previous studies involving nearly half a million people indicated that people who drink three-to-four cups of coffee a day are a quarter less likely to develop the condition than those who drink fewer than two cups.

What's more, every extra cup that is drunk brings with it a seven per cent reduction in a person's risk, with decaf coffee and tea proving to be slightly more beneficial, the global study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, revealed.

Dr Annabel Bentley, assistant medical director for Bupa, said: "This research does not mean that everyone should increase the amount of tea and coffee they drink. The figures are not generalisable to everyone worldwide.

"The best way to reduce your risk of type-2 diabetes is by maintaining a healthy weight, taking plenty of exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet."

According to Diabetes UK, it is a common myth that eating too much sugar can make you diabetic. The disease is caused by genetic and environmental factors, although an unhealthy diet that leads to weight gain can increase the risk of diabetes.
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