A number of previous studies have consistently linked regular, moderate coffee consumption with a possible reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Pilar Riobo Servan, from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), and colleagues elucidate key mechanistic theories that underlie the possible relationship between coffee consumption and the reduced risk of diabetes. These include the 'Energy Expenditure Hypothesis', which suggests that the caffeine in coffee stimulates metabolism and increases energy expenditure and the 'Carbohydrate Metabolic Hypothesis', whereby it is thought that coffee components play a key role by influencing the glucose balance within the body. There is also a subset of theories that suggest coffee contains components that may improve insulin sensitivity though mechanisms such as modulating inflammatory pathways, mediating the oxidative stress of cells, hormonal effects or by reducing iron stores. Observing that three to four cups of coffee per day may help to prevent type 2 diabetes, the researchers also note that such moderate coffee consumption is not associated with increased risk of hypertension, stroke, or coronary heart disease.
Riobo P, et al. Presentation at 7th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and Its Complications, 13 Nov. 2012.
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#97 - Be a Social Butterfly
Social and productive activities provide equivalent advantages to staying alive as do physical fitness activities. Harvard Medical School researchers found that people with a chronic medical condition that makes physical exertion difficult may greatly benefit from participating in social activities. Spend an afternoon tea with your friends, play bridge on Friday night, or have an impromptu get-together with neighbors. When you spend quality time with those who share your interests, you establish the basis for a social network that helps you to maintain a positive outlook on life.