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.