As per Diabetes Self-Management, several latest studies have revealed that coffee and chocolate could help prevent diabetes. Several researchers have found an element in coffee, cafestol to help increase secretion of insulin along with reducing fasting glucose levels in the person. It would be pertinent to mention here that cafestol is not the only element that would be beneficial in controlling diabetes. Studies have revealed that more than 1000 chemicals have been linked with keeping the blood sugar levels on the lower side.
Benefits offered by cafestol
Cafestol has been known to increase the glucose uptake in the muscle cells at same rate as that of diabetes medicine. However, drip brewed coffee may comprise little cafestol. Therefore, you should look forward to drinking espresso or Greek/Turkish coffee in order to make use of more cafestol. It would be pertinent to mention here that addition of too much of cream or sugar would increase the sugar and fat content. Therefore, you should try to use both sugar and cream sparingly. It would help you make the most of the benefits offered by coffee bean.
Researchers at HSPH (Harvard School of Public Health) conducted a study of more than 120,000 people. Among these people, those who increased coffee intake by one cup a day had 11% lower chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, people who reduced coffee consumption had 17% higher chances of developing diabetes.
Benefits of chocolate
Chocolates have been known to entail antioxidants such as flavanols. These would keep blood and sugar levels under control. The Brigham Young University and Virginia Tech researchers revealed that catechin, which is a flavanol in chocolate would help keep your weight and blood sugar under control. Nonetheless, Acorn Stairlifts suggests that you should not indulge in consumption of too much of chocolate, but a square or two of dark chocolate daily would be great.