Love your cup of joe in the morning? Well, keep on drinkin' it, and maybe brew another one – a new study says it just might decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes.
CNN reports the link is not new, but this most recent study focused on changing coffee consumption - increasing and decreasing it over time. Drinking less coffee was associated with a 17 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
The new study also notes tea consumption can decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes as well, drinking 3-4 cups a day brought an 8% lower risk of the disease.
The study looked at 120,000 health professionals who were already being observed long term. Researchers looked at these professionals' coffee habits over a four year period.
The Los Angeles Times points out previous work has shown it's the chemical compounds in coffee and not the caffeine that is likely responsible for the lowered risk of the disease - so by this observation - both decaf and regular should have the same benefits.
A Harvard researcher said up to six cups a day is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. This is, of course, as long as the java doesn't make you all jittery or give you tremors.
But not so fast - don't go grabbing three extra java frappucinos. The TYPE of coffee you drink matters - there's always a catch, isn't there? Lattes and other specialty drinks, like, you know, a venti iced white chocolate mocha, were not studied. Just good old black coffee with milk and sugar.