Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Coffee Compounds Help Prevent and Treat Type 2 Diabetes

     Type 2 diabetic patients develop a resistance to insulin which is responsible for turning glucose from food into energy. Since there is a resistance developed, the pancreas attempts to secrete excess insulin, but it is still not enough. It was first thought that caffeine was the reason for this benefit, but studies showed that decaffeinated coffee has the same positive effects on diabetic patients. It was found that cafestol and caffeic acid both increased insulin secretion with the addition of glucose. The cafestol also increased the sugar intake in muscle cells, and these levels matched those currently take a prescribed anti-diabetic drug.

     I think that these findings are very important and it is beneficial that we continue to use science to find ways other than drugs to help diseases. The fact that coffee, even decaffeinated coffee, can help prevent and treat type 2 diabetes on the same level a prescription drug can is wonderful, and more research such as this should be done to come up with similar findings.

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  1. The chemical components in coffee are very interesting because of the new research showing its benefits. “Coffee was once condemned as being bad for your health. But there is now growing evidence that it may protect against certain kinds of cancers, liver disease, depression and Parkinson’s disease.”
    The health benefits of coffee for a diabetes patient is case to case. I don’t think people with type 2 diabetes should just drink multiple cups of coffee a day because they think it will benefit them, this is more of a preventative action. The new research is definitely exciting because this can help decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

  2. This article was very interesting to read about. Usually you hear that drinking too much coffee is bad for you so it was surprising to learn that it can actually benefit your health in some way.

  3. Now i have even more cause to enjoy coffee in the morning. Nice post !