Can Coffee & Tea Help You Fight Diabetes?
Living with diabetes, you have a lot of dietary restrictions. However, according to recent research, coffee and tea should not be restricted. In fact, the caffeine from both drinks may even prevent an early death from diabetes.
Women & Caffeine
However, women are the only ones who seem to be benefitting from the consumption of caffeine. Research shows that diabetic women who regularly drink 100 milligrams of caffeine, one cup of coffee, were 51% less likely to die from diabetes than women who consumed no caffeine during the 11 years of the study.
Information was reviewed by the study authors from a U.S study that included 3, 000 and more people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. They gathered general health information and asked study participants about their intake of coffee, tea, and soft drinks that contain caffeine. During the study, just about 600 people passed away.
Researches of the study found that the risk of death was lowered with the more coffee a woman with diabetes consumed. Diabetic women who consumed 100 to 200 milligrams of caffeinated coffee a day had a 57% lower risk of death than diabetic women who did not consume caffeine. This percentage went up 66% for diabetic women who consumed 220 milligrams and more, about 2 cups of coffee, daily.
Dr. Joao Sergio Neves was one of the study researchers and is also an endocrinologist at Sao Joao Hospital Center in Portugal. He states that “Our study showed a significant inverse association between caffeine consumption and death from all causes in women with diabetes. These results suggest that advising women with diabetes to drink more caffeine may reduce their mortality. This would represent a simple, clinically beneficial, and inexpensive option in women with diabetes.” However, since this was an observational study, Neves added that the study only found an association between the consumption of caffeine and the risk of dying. There is no solid proof that there is a strong cause-and-effect link between the two.
Neves and the other researchers were unsure why there was no benefit for diabetic men when they consumed caffeine. Neves believes that it might have been due to “the biological differences between sexes,”. This differences are both dependent on hormonal and non-hormonal factors, but mostly it may have been due to a difference in cardio vascular systems.
The association between coffee or tea, insulin sensitivity improvements, and easier blood sugar management have been seen in previous studies. Neves believes that the benefits to diabetic women’s lifespans may be due to the antioxidants, mineral, and phytochemicals that are in caffeinated drinks. Dr. Courgi, who is an endocrinologist and an expert in diabetes at Southside Hospital in New York, was not involved in this study. However, he states that the study is further proof of the benefits of caffeine. He believes, along with the study authors, that it is worth performing more studies proof the benefits of caffeine.
"Living with Diabetes." National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2017.