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Coffee Use Associated with Lower Diabetes Risk

Drinking coffee may reduce diabetes risk, even in those with impaired glucose

THURSDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Coffee drinking is associated with a lower risk of developing diabetes, even in people with impaired glucose, researchers report in the November issue of Diabetes Care.

Deborah Wingard, Ph.D., of the University of California San Diego, and colleagues studied coffee consumption in 910 non-diabetic adults aged 50 or older between 1984 and 1987, and followed them for eight years until 1992 to 1996.

The researchers found that coffee drinkers, both past and current, had a lower risk of incident diabetes (odds ratio 0.38 and 0.36, respectively) than participants who had never consumed coffee. The diabetes risk was also lower for the 317 study participants who had impaired glucose at baseline, but were past or current coffee drinkers (odds ratio 0.31 and 0.36, respectively), the researchers report.

"This study confirms a striking protective effect of caffeinated coffee against incident diabetes and extends these findings to incident diabetes based on oral glucose tolerance test independent of multiple plausible confounders," the authors conclude.

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