The risk of Diabetes type 2 and Your Coffee

  • Europe has one of the highest prevalence of diabetes with 55.4 million sufferers – 8.5% of Europe’s population. It is predicted that one in 10 patients aged 20-79 years will have developed diabetes by 20301.
  • Once a disease of old age, diabetes is now affecting adolescents and children and the highest increase is in the 30-40 year old age group2.
  • Estimates indicate that at least 80 billion Euros ($106 billion) will be spent on healthcare for diabetes in Europe in 2010, accounting for 28% of global expenditure1.

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Coffee consumption and type 2 diabetes

  • Recent scientific studies consistently show that regular, moderate coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The association is documented in several different population groups and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes decreases as coffee consumption increases, with a significant effect already observed for 3-4 cups of coffee a day3.
  • The mechanisms underlying the association between moderate coffee consumption and reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes need further investigation, to confirm the role of individual constituents in particular, such as caffeine and antioxidants

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