It appears that antioxidants in coffee, and not the caffeine, reduced women's risk of developing diabetes, according to an 11-year study.
The study involved close to 29,000 older women who answered questions about their risk factors for diabetes and reported information about their dietary habits. Women who drank more than six cups of coffee a day were 22 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who drank no caffeine.
However, among those who drank over six cups of decaffeinated coffee a day, the risk decreased by 33 percent.
The researchers pointed out that coffee is a rich source of antioxidant chemicals, and drinking four or more cups a day could lead to powerful antioxidant activity, even when no caffeine is involved.
For instance, coffee contains chlorogenic acid -- also present in red wine and chocolate -- which slows cells' absorption of sugar and animal studies have found to lower blood sugar levels.
This is one of the most irresponsible pieces of garbage science I have ever seen published in a respectable journal.
Is it science? Indeed it is. It is a valid study and has valid results.
The problem is the investigators are completely clueless about the cause and treatment of diabetes and go off on tangential observations. Who knows why they chose to waste their time on this study. My guess is that they are regular decaf coffee drinkers and want some medical justification to support their habit.
The researchers had no idea as to the reason for the observed effect but speculated that it might be due to some phytochemicals in the coffee beans or some influence on carbohydrate metabolism.
Type 2 diabetes, the type studied here, is one of the easiest diseases in the world to prevent and treat. There are 75 million people in the United States with this problem, so it is a serious issue.
The solution is simple, and I can confidently assure you it does NOT involve drinking decaf coffee.
Dr. Ron Rosedale is one of the leading experts in the United States on the natural treatment of diabetes. He wrote an outstanding article last year documenting this fact and had the appropriate title, Doctors Cause Diabetics to D.I.E. This is an outstanding article, and I strongly recommend reading it if you have any interest in the treatment of diabetes.
In the meantime, there are positive things you can do to "cure" diabetes.
There is a CURE for Type 2 Diabetes
Even the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine has acknowledged that diet and exercise can completely eliminate diabetes. It is an artifact of poor lifestyle choices including processed foods and inadequate exercise.
This is very good news for nearly everyone reading this, including me. You see, my dad's side of my family are pasta-loving Italians, and most every one of my aunts and uncles have come down with or died from diabetes, including my father.
When I was foolish enough to believe the "Eat Right for Your Type" diet and followed the recommendations for blood type A -- that absolutely conflicted with my protein nutritional type status -- I developed diabetes.
My fasting blood sugar shot up to 126. Part of the problem is that the diet's author, D'Adamo, actually advocated mild exercising for blood type A. So, I cut down my running and this resulted in a 20-pound weight gain and a diagnosis of diabetes.
This is one of the reasons I am so passionate about nutritional typing -- it worked not only for my patients but also for me personally.
I also have a great announcement for you. We have categorized many of the hundreds of articles on our Web site into a Diabetes sub section. If you or someone you know has diabetes, this is something that they will want to review.