Good News for Coffee Drinkers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/5/04

Good News for Coffee Drinkers

Finally, some good news for coffee drinkers!

Researchers at Harvard and Brigham and Women's University studied more than 126,000 men and women for at least 12 years and some almost 20 years comparing caffeine and the incidence of diabetes, and they determined that regular caffeine over a long period of time may reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

But, they're quick to add... don't let that be your okay to go crazy over coffee and soft drinks because too much caffeine is still a big concern.

"In fact, excess caffeine can lead to health problems such as insomnia, a more rapid heart rate, and other problems in certain individuals. However, the study suggests an interesting link between caffeine and glucose tolerance that warrants further study," said Dr. Joann Manson from Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Caffeine apparently has a very complex effect on sugar metabolism. The study is published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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