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"Coffee beans pill would beat diabetes"

On the 10th of April 2013 the Daily Express published an article claiming that ‘Coffee beans pill would beat diabetes’ and ‘drinking seven cups of coffee was already known to cut the risk of diabetes by 50 per cent’.

Dr Matthew Hobbs, Head of Research at Diabetes UK, responds:

"The claim that a pill made from unroasted coffee beans could ‘beat diabetes and obesity’ is based largely on inconclusive and limited research which suggests that consuming coffee and tea can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. While there is some preliminary evidence to suggest this link, there has been a lack of investigation into understanding why this may happen, what specific ingredient may be causing positive effects or what the possible risks would be of dramatically increasing the intake of coffee and tea, for example up to seven cups a day. Recent systematic reviews call for further investigation into the mechanisms underlying the relationship between coffee consumption and Type 2 diabetes. There is nowhere near enough evidence, then, to support advice for people at risk of Type 2 diabetes to increase their intake of coffee in any form."

Document type: For The Record

Published: 14 April 2013

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