I confessed my love of coffee to you before when I told you about its ability to stave off the kind of cognitive decline that’s seen with Alzheimer’s disease.
Well, despite its dementia-fighting abilities… and my best efforts to recruit people into my coffee-drinking club… the non coffee drinkers in my life still like to tease me about my “bad habit.”
So, in self-defense, I’ve gotten into the practice of squirreling away any new research I find on the positive aspects of coffee drinking.
Naturally, the latest research about coffee and diabetes caught my attention.
Coffee drinking drops diabetes risk
For some time now, scientists have known that coffee demonstrates protective effects against Type II diabetes. In fact, a number of studies have found that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop diabetes than are those who don’t imbibe.
But up until now, however, the experts have been stumped about why this is the case.
Now, researchers from UCLA say they have figured out where my favorite morning drink’s apparent ability to shield us from the disease comes from.
It turns out that coffee drinking increases your level of a protein called sex-hormone-binding globulin (SHBG).
In turn, SHBG regulates the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen, which scientists say play an important role in the development of Type II diabetes.
In other words, having a low level of SHBG increases your risk of developing diabetes.
4 cups a day reduced diabetes risk 56%
The UCLA researchers report that women in the study who drank four cups of coffee per day had significantly higher levels of SHBG than did non drinkers and they were an incredible 56 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those who avoided the drink.
So the next time someone tries to tell you that you should quit drinking coffee just tell him that you’re fighting dementia and diabetes and invite him to join you for a cup.
Just skip the sugar and artificial sweeteners and try it black or with just a dollop of organic milk instead. And be sure to choose a caffeinated version, because scientists did not see the same protection against diabetes with decaf varieties.
As for me, I’m about to pour myself another hot steaming cup of diabetes prevention.