Moderate coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk of having diabetes, according to researchers in Greece.
The findings come from a study of 500 men and 437 women (aged 65-100 years) from Cyprus, Crete, and other Mediterranean islands. Of the 937 subjects, 84% reported drinking coffee. All were asked about the frequency of any type of coffee consumption of the past year. Most drank boiled coffee. Subjects reported drinking coffee for at least 30 years of their life.
Compared with individuals who did not drink coffee, those who drank 1-2 cups a day had a 53% lower risk of having diabetes, after adjusting for potential confounders, investigators reported in The Review of Diabetic Studies (2007;4:105-111).
Diabetes prevalence was not associated with greater coffee consumption. The association of coffee drinking with diabetes was significant only among non-tea drinkers, the authors stated.