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A Lunch-Time Cup of Joe May Help Prevent Diabetes

Having a cup of coffee during lunch may significantly reduce your risk of developing diabetes according to a new study conducted by researchers with the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Their findings were published in the February 2010 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study included nearly 70,000 French women who were between 41 and 72 years of age at the beginning of the study.

The women were closely followed for 11 years and during that time 1,415 (2%) of them developed type-2 diabetes.

The researchers found that women who drank coffee with lunch were 33% less likely to develop type-2 diabetes. The reduction in diabetes risk was not observed when the women drank coffee at any other time of the day.

Over a dozen separate studies have recently been published that link coffee consumption with reductions in type-2 diabetes risk. This was the first study to look into the effect of when the coffee is consumed.

The mechanisms behind coffee's various benefits have still not been determined but researchers say it is likely linked to the fact that coffee boosts satiety and has a high level of naturally occurring antioxidants.

Beyond diabetes prevention, coffee has also been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, cirrhosis and oral cavities. Over half a dozen different studies have also shown that people who drink coffee regularly are up to 80% less likely to develop Parkinson's disease.

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