People who frequently drink coffee are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to those who rarely drink the caffeinated beverage, new research indicates.

A trial led by Imperial College London has also found that drinking three to five cups of coffee per day can help people lose weight.

During the study, a team of researchers analysed the genes of 10,000 people to see how they broke down coffee.

The scientists predominantly looked at the role of two common genetic variants – CYP1A2 and AHR.

They discovered that the participants with more caffeine in their blood were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to those with lower levels of the substance in their bloodstream.

According to the report, for people with prediabetes, a few cups of coffee might stop them from developing type 2 diabetes in the future.

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