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How Coffee Protects against DiabetesWhen we think of ways to prevent Type 2 diabetes, we typically think of losing weight, exercising, avoiding processed foods, and eating more whole foods and fiber. But here’s a surprising step that may cut one’s risk in half: drinking four cups of coff ee each day. University of California researchers report that coffee’s protective effect lies in a protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). This protein is known to regulate the biological activity of the body’s sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen, which have long been thought to play a role in the development of Type 2 diabetes. Coffee consumption, it turns out, increases levels of SHBG in the blood. For the study, the researchers identifi ed 359 women who’d just been diagnosed with diabetes and matched them by age and race with 359 healthy female controls. in testing the women’s SHBG levels and looking at their coffee consumption, the researchers found that the more coffee was consumed, the lower the risk of developing diabetes. The researchers concluded that women who drink at least four cups of coffee …

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