A new review into the effects of caffeine on how the body can metabolise glucose has found that it could disrupt glucose metabolism and contribute to the development and poor ability to control type 2 diabetes . The research, published in the Journal of Caffeine Research, argues against some recent evidence that caffeine may rather have a protective effect.
The review, by James Lane, revealed that many studies into caffeine show its potential for raising insulin resistance (or impaired glucose tolerance ) in adults without diabetes, which could make them more susceptible to developing the metabolic condition.
For adults with type 2 diabetes, research has found that the rise in blood glucose levels after consuming carbohydrates can be greater if they the person has also taken a caffeinated beverage such as coffee . The effect of this could lead to increased glucose levels in people suffering from diabetes, as well as potentially compromising any medication being taken to control levels of blood glucose .
Jack E. James, editor-in-chief of the journal, commented “The links that have been revealed between diabetes and the consumption of caffeine beverages (especially coffee) are of monumental importance when it is acknowledged that more than 80 per cent of the world’s population consumes caffeine daily.”

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