Once you have diabetes type 2, you can never escape it. Diabetes type 2 is a condition where the glucose levels in the blood is too high as a result of poor eating habits or lifestyle. But did you know that coffee can help you prevent diabetes? While some people cannot live without freshly roasted coffee in the morning, it can do more than wake you up. It can also prevent the buildup of glucose in your blood.
Researchers from the UCLA have found that coffee has this ‘protective effect’ against diabetes. What it does is that it releases a protein called SHBG or sex hormone-binding globulin which is known to be a trigger for insulin absorption—the go-to treatment for diabetes type 2. Since taking coffee increases the levels of SHBG in your body, researchers have proven that it can contribute to the prevention of diabetes. According to Atsushi Goto and Dr. Simin Liu in the UCLA, women who drink at least 4 cups of coffee are less likely to develop diabetes. Since diabetes has been a worldwide phenomenon with 8% of the US population having the condition, a study like this is a great contribution to the prevention as well as management of the illness.
Another finding include the relationship of the amount of coffee drank against the likelihood to develop diabetes. It seems that the more coffee you drink, the lesser the likelihood that you will develop diabetes. Again, the SHBG helps insulin production, which helps manage the disorder.
Another reason why coffee can contribute to preventing diabetes is its ability to increase the metabolism of the body. As a stimulant, caffeine causes the body’s metabolism to speed up, which burns through the resources of the body at a much quicker rate. This can then lower the glucose in your bloodstream as your body races to use up every last bit of energy source possible.
However, I do not advise that you use coffee as a cure to diabetes. While it can be used to prevent the occurrence of the condition, it cannot be used to treat it. Caffeine and diabetes does not go well together. While coffee help release SHBG that can regulate glucose in the bloodstream, caffeine is also capable of increase blood sugar levels when taken excessively. A study in Duke University showed that 10 patients with diabetes who took caffeine pills have shown a dramatic 8% increase in their glucose levels.
In the end, it is better to drink coffee in moderation. After all, caffeine is also known to have other side effects to your body and can even cause an addiction to develop. However, in moderation, the release of SHBG can be effective in helping you manage the diabetes. Don’t overdo the coffee consumption, but at the same time, it doesn’t hurt to have a cup when you wake up in the morning. For those of you who have a family history of diabetes, drinking a cup of coffee every day can greatly help decrease the chances of contracting type 2 diabetes. Just make sure that you’re not mixing a ton of sugar in your coffee!