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Coffee consumption and type 2 diabetes — An extensive review

1Department of Health Promotion and Chronic Diseases Prevention, National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland

2Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

3South Ostrobothnia Central Hospital, Seinäjoki, Finland

© 2008 Versita Warsaw. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Citation Information: Open Medicine. Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 9–19, ISSN (Online) 2391-5463, DOI: 10.2478/s11536-007-0059-6, March 2008

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Coffee is a complex mixture of potentially active chemicals. It contains significant amounts of phenolic polymers, chlorogenic acid and also caffeine. Agricultural factors, roasting, blending, and brewing determine coffee’s chemical composition. Recent epidemiological studies suggest that habitual coffee consumption may help to prevent some chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes. Despite reports from the clinical trials of the effect of caffeine on decreasing insulin sensitivity, long-term prospective studies revealed that coffee may improve fasting glucose, glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity as well. In the most recent publication habitual coffee drinkers have a lower total and cardiovascular mortality rate among diabetic subjects.

Keywords: Coffee; Type 2 diabetes; Glucose tolerance

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