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The World in Medicine
December 11, 2002

Java Junkies and Reduced Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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JAMA. 2002;288(22):2813. doi:10.1001/jama.288.22.2813-JWM20012-4-1

People who load up on coffee may have a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new findings by researchers in the Netherlands (Lancet. 2002;360:1477-1478).

During the prospective study of more than 17 000 Dutch men and women aged 30 to 60 years, 306 new cases of type 2 diabetes were found during nearly 126 000 person-years of follow-up. The investigators found, after adjusting for factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and body mass, that people who drank at least seven cups of coffee a day were half as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as less frequent coffee drinkers who consumed no more than two cups a day.