You Docs: Coffee can help avoid type 2 diabetes

BY MICHAEL ROIZEN, M.D., AND MEHMET OZ, M.D.

Two of your favorite coffee shops (hint: Seattle and doughnuts) sell North Americans more than 12 million cups of Joe a day. And they’re far from your only source: You’re drinking 400 million cups daily! At that rate, you’d think every man, woman and child were chugging the brew. But only about 54 percent of you (18 and older) drink coffee every day.

That means many of you are not getting the benefits of coffee — high-test and decaf deliver good things. One 13-year study of 400,000 people ages 50-71 found that drinking three cups daily made folks less likely to die (during the study) of heart and respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes and infections. And now there’s news that coffee drinking helps prevent Type 2 diabetes.

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