Coffee can cut diabetes risk

Moderate coffee consumption – which equals to three to four cups of coffee per day- may help to prevent risk of type 2 diabetes, according to researchers.

The finding was highlighted in a session report published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a not-for-profit organisation devoted to the study and disclosure of science related to coffee and health.

Recent scientific evidence has consistently linked regular, moderate coffee consumption with a possible reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. An update of this research and key findings presented during a session at the 2012 World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and Its Complications (WCPD) is summarised in the report.

The report outlines the epidemiological evidence linking coffee consumption to diabetes prevention, highlighting research that shows three to four cups of coffee per day is associated with an approximate 25 per cent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, compared to consuming none or less than two cups per day1. Another study also found an inverse dose dependent response effect with each additional cup of coffee reducing the relative risk by 7-8 per cent.

Whilst these epidemiological studies suggest an association between moderate coffee consumption and reduced risk of developing diabetes, they are unable to infer a causal effect. As such, clinical intervention trails are required to study the effect in a controlled setting. One prospective randomized controlled trial, tested glucose and insulin after an oral glucose tolerance test with 12g decaffeinated coffee, 1g chlorogenic acid, 500 mg trigonelline, or placebo. This study demonstrated that chlorogenic acid, and trigonelline reduced early glucose and insulin responses, and contribute to the putative beneficial effect of coffee.

The report noted that the association between coffee consumption a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes could be seen as counter intuitive, as drinking coffee is often linked to unhealthier habits, such as smoking and low levels of physical activity.

Furthermore, studies have illustrated that moderate coffee consumption is not associated with an increased risk of hypertension, stroke or coronary heart disease. Research with patients with CVD has also shown that moderate coffee consumption is inversely associated with risk of heart failure, with a J-shaped relationship.

Finally, the report puts forward some of the key mechanistic theories that underlie the possible relationship between coffee consumption and the reduced risk of diabetes.

These included the ”Energy Expenditure Hypothesis”, which suggests that the caffeine in coffee stimulates metabolism and increases energy expenditure and the ”Carbohydrate Metabolic Hypothesis”, whereby it is thought that coffee components play a key role by influencing the glucose balance within the body. There is also a subset of theories that suggest coffee contains components that may improve insulin sensitivity though mechanisms such as modulating inflammatory pathways, mediating the oxidative stress of cells, hormonal effects or by reducing iron stores.

Dr. Pilar Riobo Servan, Associate Chief of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Jimenez Diaz-Capio Hospital of Madrid and a speaker at the WCPD session concluded the report, commenting: “A dose-dependent inverse association between coffee drinking and total mortality has been demonstrated in general population and it persists among diabetics. Although more research on the effect of coffee in health is yet needed, current information suggests that coffee is not as bad as previously considered!”

Photo shows Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift are a couple

Are they Hollywood’s hottest, freshest couple?  Rumors have been heating up in recent weeks and now, two days after Jake and Taylor were spotted celebrating Thanksgiving in New York, they have been photographed together enjoying a date at a coffee house in Nashville, the country singer’s hometown.

Fellow diner and amateur photographer Elaina Mishu, who snapped the two looking quite cosy together, told People magazine: “They were smiling and laughing. They were talking a lot and enjoying each other’s company.

“They didn’t look like just friends.

“They were not trying to be discreet by any means. They were definitely a couple. They looked very happy.”

Taylor, 22, has previously been romantically linked with stars including John Mayer and Taylor Lautner, while Jake, 29, and Reese Withserspoon were an item for four years, ending their relationship last year.

What do you think — do Jake and Taylor make a cute couple?

Lindsay Lohan can’t break free from caffeine and nicotine addiction

She may be on the road to making her cocaine addiction a thing of the past, but Lindsay Lohan is still clinging onto two of her other vices: coffee and cigarettes.

On the weekend the 24-year-old actress, who has been receiving treatment at the Betty Ford Center since September, was seen chilling out at a local Starbucks with a few friends, drinking coffee and puffing away on several cigarettes.

The highly addicitve substances nicotine and caffeine are two of the most widely used mood -affecting drugs in the world.

Withdrawal symptoms from caffeine include symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, irritability and agitation. Giving cigarettes the boot can invite a host of symptoms including depression, mood swings, anxiety, changes in appetite and insomnia.

Unlike the recreational drug cocaine, which produces a feeling of intoxication, nicotine and caffeine only produce increased levels of energy. Withdrawal from the illegal stimulant can be so severe, with symptoms including muscle pains and spasms, shaking, fatigue, and reduced mental function, that severely addicted users usually require professional treatment to kick the dangerous habit.

Lindsay Lohan seems to be making major headway with overcoming her cocaine addiciton. And according to RadarOnline, the recovering star’s father recently sent her an electric smokeless cigarette in a bid to get her to quit smoking. One step at a time, we say.

Lindsay Lohan was ordered to enter rehab after she failed a drugs test. The star was arrested in September for breaching her conditions of bail before beginning treatment.
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Coffee can help you live longer, says a recent study

A new health report published in claims that a moderate intake of coffee is good for the heart. The research was conducted on people in the age group 65-100 and found that people who drank coffee in moderation had flexible blood vessels around the heart.

This brings out the conclusion that people who have high blood pressure should increase their coffee intake to a moderate amount in order to make the situation better. The research was conducted by scientists at the University of Athens on 700 residents of Ikaria Island. A heart scan was used to measure the high blood pressure of 485 residents.

The study, published in, says that patients who have one to two cups of coffee per day have more flexible blood vessels, compared to those who do not drink it at all.

The people on whom the research was conducted took small cups of Greek coffee. The research did not show that an increase in the intake will further improve the situation. This might be because more levels of caffeine can act as an obstruction in the blood vessels.

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Coffee intake helps cut down the risk of oral cancer

A recent health study has claimed that consuming coffee on regular basis helps fight several types of cancers. According to, the health study has found that people who regularly consume four cups of coffee on daily basis are at lesser risk of developing oral cancers.

However, since a large number of previous studies have established side effects and ill effects of coffee intake on regular basis, researchers suggest drawing a line and consuming coffee in moderation. The research study has been conducted by researchers from America, Europe and Central America.

As reported by, a cup of coffee contains more than 1000 chemicals which include antioxidants. These antioxidants may help prevent several kinds of cancer. The research study was carried out on 5,000 cancer affected patients and 9000 healthy people.

The researchers checked the diet, and lifestyle habits like drinking and smoking among these people. It was found that people who consumed coffee had 39 percent lesser chances of developing oral cancer or pharynx cancer as compared to those who abstained from coffee.

“We had a very large sample size, and since we combined data across many studies, we had more statistical power to detect associations between cancer and coffee,” concluded Mia Hashibe, lead author of the study.

Celebrities who have been diagnosed with various types cancer include Michael C. HallDennis HopperAndrew Lloyd Weber, and Melanie Griffith, who had skin cancer removed from her face.


Caffeine helps shift workers stay alert

A recently conducted study has revealed that consumption of caffeine may help people working in shifts stay alert for longer time leading to reduced mistakes. According to, the research incorporated a number of people working in various shifts for different industries mainly those of who were working under stimulated working atmosphere. The researchers studied the findings of thirteen trials to examine the impact of caffeine. Caffeine content was given in the form of pills, coffee, caffeinated food items or energy drinks. The research study was conducted by a team of Cochrane researchers.

As reported by, people working in shifts suffer from shift work disorder (SWD) which is mainly caused due to changed body clock leading to lesser sleep which can further lead to serious consequences like occupational injuries and traffic crashes among others. The findings of the study revealed that consumption of caffeine helps reduce the errors at work place in a better way as compared to naps or placebos and also helps improve overall performance on neurological level.

“It seems reasonable to assume that reduced errors are associated with fewer injuries, although we cannot quantify such a reduction,” concluded Katharine Ker, lead researcher of the study.


Colon cancer not exacerbated by coffee or soda

People who drink coffee and soda are not more at risk of developing colon cancer than those who do not, according to a recent study.

The research, conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, looked at 13 previous studies on the disease conducted in the US and Europe.

Some of these studies have previously suggested that coffee and tea could increase the risk, and some have claimed it could be lowered. Science Daily points out that tea contains anti-oxidants that could serve to prevent cancer but also has polyamines, which theoretically promote cancer.

Coffee drinkers are not more at risk of getting colon cancer

The new survey looked at 731,441, followed for up to 20 years, 5,604 of which developed colon cancer. Insight into their eating and drinking habits found that coffee lovers – even those who drank up to 6 cups a day – were not more likely to develop the illness. This also applied to those who drank large amounts of soda.

“Drinking coffee, even more than six cups a day, was not associated with risk of colon cancer,” confirmed researcher Dr. Xuehong Zhang of the Harvard School of Public Health.

“The relationship between tea and colon cancer is unclear for the time being,” Dr Zhang added, however.

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Rely on well-brewed coffee to keep your stomach fit

A recent study has revealed that having a cup of dark, well brewed coffee everyday helps keep the stomach in good condition. According to , contrary to the popular belief that claims having coffee can lead to an upset stomach, the study has brought to light that a nicely brewed dark coffee holds a substance which is responsible for the reduced acid production in the stomach. The study was conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Vienna and the Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany.

Speaking about the new discovery, Dr. Thomas Hofmann, a researcher from the Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany and Dr. Veronika Somoza, a researcher from the University of Vienna in Austria said “This discovery is going to help a lot of people who suffer from coffee sensitivity. As coffee-lovers, we’re very excited about this research.”



Researchers exposed stomach cells to several ingredients found in coffee. They found that one of the components N-methylpyridium (NMP) found in roasted coffee had the quality to stop the stomach’s ability to produce hydrochloric acid, providing a way to reduced stomach problems. As per , the well roasted, dark coffee contains higher content of NMP, the health friendly component in coffee.


Coffee every day may keep the doctor away

A study conducted on 130,000 men and women found that despite the popular belief that coffee can cause the heart to go into palpitations, drinking moderate amounts every day can actually protect the heart from rhythm disturbances.

Study participants who drank between one and three cups of coffee a day were at a seven percent lower risk, the Daily Mirror reports.

But that’s not all: the study suggests that drinking more coffee lower the risk of arrhythmia. The scientists found that those participants who consumed four or more cups of coffee every day had a risk reduction of rhythm disturbances of a staggering 18 percent.

Cardiologist Dr. Arthur Klatsky and his colleagues followed the participants of the study, who were between 18 and 90 years old, as a part of Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research project.

While the data from the study suggests drinking coffee lowers the risk of heart rhythm problems, other factors, including the physical activity and general diet of the participants, have not been linked to the findings.

“Coffee drinking is related to lower risk of hospitalization for rhythm problems, but the association does not prove cause and effect, or that coffee has a protective effect,” the Telegraph quotes Dr. Klatsky as saying.  “However, these data might be reassuring to people who drink moderate amounts of coffee that their habit is not likely to cause a major rhythm disturbance.”

Celebrities who have had heart problems include Jennie GarthElizabeth TaylorBill Clinton and Robin Williams.