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Can coffee ward of diabetes and cancer?

16 Nov

If you know me or have ever been one of my clients, you would know that I hardly ever tell you to do what I cannot. So you will also know that I rarely tell anyone to rid coffee from their diet because I love my daily cup of java and if I drink it, I think it is only fair that you be allowed. Having said that, rest assured that as the Good Doctor, if I believe that it is causing harm to you, I may not tell you to stop, but I will let you know that I think it is not the best beverage for you.

Basically the bottom line with coffee is that it is like tofu, controversial most of the time, for some people, it is good for others it is not. So when I come across pertinent information about a controversial subject, especially one that I love and have a very special daily relationship with, I feel obligated to share.

So here goes…coffee drinkers, today is your lucky day because new data has just arrived and once again, at least for today coffee is healthy again!

The latest data suggests that coffee may be associated with a reduced risk of certain hormone related cancers, it has been shown to have a positive effect on the way our bodies manage sugar and insulin and it is a known potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Four great reasons to continue drinking my/your daily cup.

Here is the data, take it with a grain of salt, I mean, a coffee bean. Pay attention too if you love your coffee because it clearly looks like the virtues of coffee are starting to outweigh the adverse effects.

Coffee contains many biologically active compounds, including caffeine and phenolic acids, that have potent antioxidant activity and can affect glucose metabolism, so sugar control in the body and sex hormone levels. Because of these biological activities, coffee may be associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer.

Coffee contains chlorogenic acids (CGAs), which inhibit glucose absorption in the intestine and may favorably alter levels of gut hormones, which affect insulin response.Quinides, the roasting products of CGAs, inhibit liver glucose production in experimental models. Coffee also contains lignans, phytoestrogens with potent antioxidant activity, which may have positive effects on glucose handling. In humans, coffee drinking has been cross-sectionally associated with lower glucose levels after oral glucose loads and better insulin sensitivity. A cross-sectional study in women found a negative correlation between coffee consumption and circulating C-peptide, a marker of insulin secretion.

Coffee is a major source of antioxidants and is estimated to provide half of total antioxidant intake in several populations. Coffee has been associated with improved markers of inflammation in cross-sectional studies and in a recent trial.

Coffee drinking may be associated with increased sex hormone–binding globulin (SHBG) and total testosterone levels.

We observed a strong inverse association between coffee consumption and risk of lethal prostate cancer. The association appears to be related to non-caffeine components of coffee. The authors hypothesized that coffee may be associated with lower risk of more advanced prostate cancers because the associations of insulin, antioxidants, and androgens with incidence of prostate cancer are stronger for advanced disease than for overall disease.

In conclusion, men who consumed coffee regularly had a reduced risk of lethal or advanced prostate cancer. It is premature to recommend that men increase coffee intake to reduce advanced prostate cancer risk based on this single study. In addition, the effects of coffee consumption on other aspects of health must be considered in making consumption recommendations.

Some Information in this blog is taken from this article:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/744939?src=mp&spon=34

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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