A new research study may add to the controversy for health benefits of drinking coffee. Danish researchers have found two substances in coffee that may prevent type 2 diabetes. Previous coffee studies have linked coffee drinking to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
The study conducted by researchers at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark show promising results. The study tested the effects of several components in coffee and the effect they had on rat cells. Two components found in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee show positive effects. The results may lead to new medications for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Cafestol and Caffeic Acid, which are both components in coffee, may hold the answer. These two components show increased insulin secretions and improve insulin sensitivity in the cells. It was further found Cafestol also increased blood sugar intake in the cells.
The dual benefits found for Cafestol are promising. Maybe promising enough to one day produce a new treatment and prevention for type 2 diabetes. The research has a bit to go before actual human testing is possible to create a new drug. These results are promising; but, they are just initial results.
Before everyone goes out and drinks more coffee, there are some caveats to the research. The coffee filter of drip coffee makers remove most of the Cafestol from the coffee you drink. Drinking more coffee will not be the answer for type 2 diabetes sufferers.
Though these initial results are promising, there is a need for further research. Research has to determine if Cafestol and Caffeic Acid are actual responsible for the results found. It may be some of the hundred other components in coffee may produce the health benefits found. For coffee drinkers, it will not be a sure validation drinking coffee is “healthy”.