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Beating Diabetes With Too Much Decaf Coffee

No surprise, a new study has joined a growing group, once again trumpeting the virtues of drinking coffee, this time cutting a woman's risk of diabetes. The difference between this latest report and most others I've told you about: Decaf offers more benefits.

Researchers collected health data on some 29,000 post-menopausal women over 11 years, including risk factors associated with diabetes. The protective effect of drinking coffee, however, came from consuming way too much of it. Try more than six cups a day...

Drinking decaffeinated coffee offered more protection (33 percent) than the regular stuff (22 percent), possibly due to the amount of antioxidants it contains, researchers said. One component of coffee, red wine and chocolate that slows down the absorption of sugar -- chlorogenic acid -- may be the key.

But drinking that much coffee -- decaf or not-- is especially problematic to your health, despite the "benefits." The true cure for diabetes: Getting the right amount of exercise and eating foods based on your body's unique nutritional type.

Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 166, No. 12, June 26, 2006: 1311-1316 Free Full Text Article

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