Diabetes News: Does Caffeine Cause Diabetes?

Do you drink coffee or tea and have you been wondering if this causes Diabetes?  Were you concerned about harmful effect of caffeine after hearing about the deaths related to energy drinks? In an article from the Baltimore Sun Dr Frank Hu said:  “We found that caffeine doesn’t make a difference at all,”. “Coffee can be beneficial and the caffeine doesn’t appear to have a positive or negative effect on diabetes risk,” Compared to people who didn’t consume sugary drinks, the likelihood of developing diabetes over the years for those who did was higher by 13 percent (caffeinated) or 11 percent (decaffeinated) among women, and by 16 percent (caffeinated) or 23 percent (decaffeinated) among men.

Caffeine-free artificially sweetened drinks were also linked to a slight (six percent) increase in risk among women.  However, coffee drinkers showed slightly lower risk compared to non-drinkers. The chances of developing diabetes were eight percent lower among women, whether they drank decaf or regular coffee, and for men, four percent lower with caffeinated coffee and seven percent lower with decaf. The study clearly shows no harm.  They did not recommend that people start drinking coffee to prevent diabetes.  The study also did not address the amount of coffee consumed.  Please let us know if you drink coffee and if you were concerned about it being a health risk.

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