That coffee habit? It may protect you from type 2 diabetes.

I enjoy the Cleveland Clinic Newsletter.  Today they address the possible benefit to type II diabetes of consuming coffee. February 2, 2016. Bill Chesnut, MD

That coffee habit? It might just be protecting you from type 2 diabetes.
Can’t start your day without a cup or two of joe? Bottoms up! People who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are less likely to have developed type 2 diabetes than those who don’t drink coffee at all, and now researchers have a better understanding about why. Two compounds found in coffee — cafestol and caffeic acid — increase insulin production, which helps keep your blood sugar under control. Controlling blood sugar is crucial for diabetes prevention, since high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, can lead to the signs and symptoms of the disease. Research also shows that coffee may help prevent diseases like stroke and certain cancers’ reduce the risk of Parkinson’s, dementia, and multiple sclerosis; and even boost concentration and memory. With so many benefits, you want to avoid adding anything unhealthy to your morning cuppa, right? That means skipping the nondairy creamers (corn syrup and trans fat alert!) and flavor shots (can you say sugar, sugar, sugar?), and limiting your use of artificial sweeteners. Instead, try unsweetened almond milk with cinnamon.