DRINKING up to four coffees a day can slash the risk of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, according to a new study.
Researchers found that even decaffeinated coffee drinkers can benefit from the health boost, though it disappeared after four cups.
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According to the findings, downing one to four coffees a day can reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome between 2 per cent and 44 per cent.
It is described by the NHS as a “particularly dangerous” combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity that affects one in four adults.
Researchers from the universities of Navarre in Spain and Catania in Italy found that there was an “association between coffee consumption and a decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes”.
Estefania Toledo, of Navarre University and Ciberobn, a Spanish biomedical centre, said the analysis showed that moderate coffee consumption could reduce the risk by 26 per cent on average.
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She said that all coffee, caffeinated or not, contained “compounds that may also have beneficial effects on health, including polyphenols, trigonelline and melanoidins”, all thought to have antioxidant or anti-inflammatory qualities.
Previous studies have suggested that tea, particularly the green variety, can help to “alleviate metabolic syndrome”.
The researchers, who were independent but were commissioned by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a body funded by coffee companies, added: “Further research is required to clarify the associations between coffee and metabolic syndrome.”
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