April 25th, 2014
08:45 AM ET
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Need an excuse to drink yet another cup of coffee today? A new study suggests that increasing coffee consumption may decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes.

The apparent relationship between coffee and type 2 diabetes is not new. Previous studies have found that drinking a few cups or more each day may lower your risk – with each subsequent cup nudging up the benefit.

This most recent study, published in the journal Diabetologia, was more concerned with how changing coffee consumption – either increasing it or decreasing it over time – might affect your risk.

The conclusion: People who upped their consumption by more than a cup per day had an 11% lower risk of type 2 diabetes compared with people whose consumption held steady. Decreasing coffee consumption by the same amount – more than a cup a day – was associated with a 17% increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

The data is based on an analysis of more than 120,000 health professionals already being followed observationally long term. Researchers looked at the study participants' coffee drinking habits across four years to reach their conclusions.

Just how much coffee each day provides a benefit?

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. JellyBean

    3 out of 10. I don't do coffee.

    April 29, 2014 at 7:58 am |
  2. Orblivion

    This makes no sense. Americans are addicted to coffee and diabetes is on the rise.

    April 29, 2014 at 6:07 am |
    • Teacher, Teacher

      Keep things in context. Save your hate for the Marquee blog.

      April 29, 2014 at 7:51 am |
      • Can You Teach Me

        LOL! MB trolls are sooo lame-o.

        April 29, 2014 at 8:08 am |
  3. Thinking things through

    Scored 8 out of 10. Just to note, though, starting this year, I've really really cut back on my coffee (I feel better without, and am reserving it for road trips and the like). I used to drink three mugs (large mugs, usually) a day.

    April 25, 2014 at 7:29 pm |
  4. TNT

    If I drink anymore coffee than I do already, my hair would stand straight up! For those of you who don't, do. My neighbor has type2 & it sux.

    April 25, 2014 at 10:41 am |
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