Drs. Oz & Roizen’s Tip of the Day: Coffee can help you avoid diabetes

King Features SyndicateDecember 12, 2013 

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.

Seems for every two cups of caffeinated coffee you drink daily (no added sugar or sweeteners, coffee creamers or whole milk!), your risk of Type 2 diabetes falls 12 percent. Decaf drinkers reduce their risk by 11 percent. Drink four cups, and the risk is cut by 22 percent to 24 percent! But you can’t just sip your way around Type 2 diabetes. The best benefits come to nonsmokers and people who aren’t overweight or obese.

So, combine your daily coffee habit with physical activity (go for 10,000 steps a day) and a diet that includes nine servings of fruits and veggies a day, 100 percent whole grains and lean protein (salmon, ocean trout and skinless poultry). Then that after-dinner espresso or decaf will really help you get healthier.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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