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December 15, 2009

Drinking cups of tea and coffee 'can prevent diabetes'

"Tea and coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a large body of evidence shows.

"And the protection may not be down to caffeine since decaf coffee has the greatest effect, say researchers in Archives of Internal Medicine.

"They looked at 18 separate studies involving nearly 500,000 people. This analysis revealed that people who drink three or four cups of coffee or tea a day cut their risk by a fifth or more, say researchers.

"The same amount of decaffeinated coffee had an even bigger effect, lowering risk by a third. ...

"'If such beneficial effects were observed in interventional trials to be real, the implications for the millions of individuals who have diabetes mellitus, or who are at future risk of developing it, would be substantial.""

Read more in BBC News, December 15, 2009.