If you’re struggling with type 2 diabetes, the last thing your doctor is likely to recommend is that you drink more coffee.
But a major new study suggests he should.
It found strong evidence that coffee reduces blood sugar. And it’s not the caffeine that is the active ingredient.
The research was recently presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Berlin, Germany. Many of the world’s top diabetes experts gather at this annual conference. 1
The study was led by Associate Professor Mattias Carlstrom. It included his own meta-analysis of 30 studies. They included nearly 1.2 million participants.
Among the conclusions:
- Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is linked to a 25% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee lower your chances of getting diabetes.
Another recent study backs up these findings…
Researchers followed 1,878 subjects for nearly six years. The participants reported their dietary intake, including coffee.2
The analysis found that coffee drinkers were less likely to become prediabetic. And if they were already prediabetic, they were less likely than non-coffee drinkers to progress to full-blown diabetes.
Since the studies found that both regular and decaf are effective, it’s clear that caffeine is not the active ingredient that lowers blood sugar. Researchers believe that a number of other compounds in coffee are beneficial. They include chlorogenic acid, trigonelline, and caffeic acid.
5 Natural Ways to Fight High Blood Sugar
If you struggle with blood sugar, coffee is a great way to bring your numbers down. Here are five other non-drug blood-sugar solutions…
- Reduce ALL carbohydrates. Avoiding sugar isn’t enough. Simple carbohydrates—foods such as bread, potatoes, rice, and cereal—are broken down into sugar in the body.3
- Eat more fiber. It puts the brakes on sugar absorption by slowing down the rate at which the body breaks down carbohydrates. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, legumes, and nuts to boost your fiber intake.4
- Keep your weight at a healthy level. Being overweight is the primary driver of diabetes. But you don’t have to become super-skinny to avoid blood sugar problems. Researchers have found that losing just 7% of your body weight lowers your chances of becoming diabetic by 58%.5
- Exercise consistently. This fights diabetes two ways: It will help you lose weight, and it will increase your insulin sensitivity. Resistance to or lack of this hormone is what causes diabetes.6
- Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep is detrimental to the body’s ability to use insulin. Also, sleep deficiency screws up the hormones that regulate hunger, increasing your appetite. Get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.7
One more thing… If you’re drinking coffee to improve your blood sugar, don’t destroy the benefits by adding sugar or artificial sweeteners. Stick to healthy, natural sweeteners such as raw honey, stevia, or maple syrup.8