Coffee could lower risk of multiple diseases
POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 6:25pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 1:50pm
Research from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan University, and Wuhan Institue of Biotechnology in China shows heavy coffee drinkers have lower risk in developing a number of diseases.
Studies have shown that people that drink four cups of coffee and day have a 50% lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Researchers cited the protective benefits of compounds in coffee that hinders a substance called human islet amyloid polypeptide (hiAPP), which has been linked to diabetes.
Last year, a Harvard University study found drinking coffee, either decaf or regular, can lower risk of deadly prostate cancer, and reduce the risk of developing estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer by 57%.
Coffee has also been shown to improve brain function in mice studies, making coffee a possible treatment for people with Alzheimer's disease.
Health experts don't recommend too much coffee, which can cause insomnia, upset stomach, and anxiety.