Q. My father and uncle both have diabetes. I would like to reduce my risk of developing this disease and I’ve heard that drinking coffee can help. Is there any evidence behind this claim?

A. There are several epidemiological studies that have demonstrated an association between regular coffee consumption and a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes (Diabetes Care, Feb. 2006).

Do not count on coffee alone to protect you, however. Regular exercise and weight control are far more likely to be helpful in preventing type 2 diabetes.

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  1. LSM

    Coffee didn’t work for me. I’ve been drinking coffee nearly everyday of my adult life and still managed to get T2 diabetes at 55. And I’m a skinny person who always has eaten healthily. I’m living proof that you can avoid all the supposed risk factors and still get diabetes.

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