Rich, dark and… delicious.
It’s one of the most-loved – and most recognizable – beverages in the world.
Most of us can’t go a day without it.
It’s our fuel.
Our wake-up call.
Our drug of choice.
In fact, you probably don’t need any other reason to indulge in your black brew every morning: but we’re going to give you one, anyway.
Drinking coffee has been shown to reduce your risk of diabetes.
Studies in Europe, the U.S and Japan have found that high coffee consumption leads to better glucose tolerance, lower insulin sensitivity and a significantly lower risk of type 2 diabetes in studies.
One of the most important of these was a 2009 study by UCLA, which showed that drinking coffee every day increases plasma levels of SHBG – a sex hormone binding globulin.
SHBG is the protein that controls what testosterone and estrogen do in your body.
And it’s these sex hormones that can play an important role in the development of diabetes.
In simple terms, it appears that SHBG somehow reduces insulin resistance.
The majority of the coffee drinkers in the study showed higher levels of SHBG in the UCLA study – and these were the people who didn’t develop type 2 diabetes.
Not only that, but those with the lowest levels of SHBG group had twenty times the risk for Type 2 of the highest SHBG group.
There’s an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk for type 2 diabetes.
That is – the more you drink, the lower your risk.
This sure makes coffee look good!
And there’s more…