A new study supports previous research that coffee consumption can lower Type 2 diabetes risk, according to a New York Post report. The study, published in the BMJ Medicine journal, also links coffee consumption to lower body fat.
The researchers explored the relation between coffee intake and Type 2 diabetes as well as other factors related to Type 2 diabetes, including health habits.
This study encompassed a sample base of around 10,000 people and examined how genetic traits such as AHR and CYP1A2 genes affect the way the body handles caffeine intake. The researchers used a statistical technique, Mendelian randomization, that investigates the relationship between a trait and an outcome.
Individuals with such genetic variants typically drank less coffee but had high blood caffeine levels and were associated with metabolizing caffeine more slowly.
The same individuals were found to have a lower body mass index, lower body fat mass and lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.