Coffee, Tea Lower Risk of Diabetes
Just drink 4 cups a day; decaf works, too
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2009 5:42 PM CST
Drinking four cups of coffee, tea, and even decaf per day slashes the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, scientists say.   (©CanadaPenguin)

(Newser) – Consuming four cups a day of coffee, tea, or even decaf dramatically lowers the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, researchers say. In 18 studies that covered a whopping half-million people, coffee drinkers lowered their risk of diabetes by 7% per cup, Bloomberg reports. More research is needed, but the finding could eventually lead to doctors instructing patients to "increase their consumption of tea and coffee in addition to increasing their levels of physical activity," the scientists write.