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According to Diabetes Self-Management, new studies are showing that coffee and chocolate can help prevent diabetes. Researchers recently found that cafestol, an element in coffee, increased insulin secretion and reduced fasting glucose levels. Cafestol is not the only chemical that is beneficial, according to studies. There are over 1,000 chemicals that are being linked with helping keep blood sugar levels low.
 
Cafestol is also found to increase glucose uptake into muscle cells at a similar rate to diabetes medicine. Unfortunately, drip-brewed coffee contains very little cafestol, so you need to drink espresso or Turkish/Greek coffee to get the most cafestol.
 
Adding too much cream and sugar to your coffee can increase the sugar and fat content, so try and use both sparingly to get the benefits of the coffee bean.
 
Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) conducted a study of over 120,000 people. Those who increased their coffee intake by at least one cup a day had an 11% lower chance of developing Type 2 diabetes. Those who lowered their coffee consumption daily had a 17% higher risk of developing diabetes.
 
Chocolate has a lot of antioxidants called flavanols, which keep blood sugars and weight under control. Researchers at Brigham Young University and Virginia Tech have found that catechin, a flavanol in chocolate helps keep blood sugars and weight under control. Brigham Young professor Jeffery Tessem, PhD. has reported that “the catechizes are making the mitochondria in the beta cells stronger, which produces more ATP (a cell’s energy source), which then results in more insulin being released.”
 
Of course, indulging in too much chocolate will not help, but having a square or two of dark chocolate daily might help.
 
Consult your doctor prior to increasing or decreasing coffee or chocolate intake.
 
Sources:
“Coffee, Chocolate, and Type 2 Diabetes” Diabetes Self-Management. https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/coffee-chocolate-type-2-diabetes/

 

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