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A new study the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry reveals that caffeine may be the ingredient in coffee that stops the onset of diabetes. Diabetes affects millions of individuals across the world.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 23.6 million people in the United States or 7.8% of the population have diabetes. The group of scientists at Nagoya University in Japan gave either water or coffee to a group of lab mice frequently used in diabetes studies. The mice that drank the coffee showed improved insulin sensitivity and did not develop high blood sugar, both of which lowered the risk of diabetes. The insightful study was funded by the All Japan Coffee Association.

In addition, the study indicated that coffee seemed to result in several other positive changes in the fatty liver and inflammatory adipocytokines, also linked to a reduced chance of getting diabetes.

Previous studies have indicated that drinking coffee regularly could decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes, a disease that affects millions of Americans and is on the rise around the world. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form. Many individuals are unaware they are at risk. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders as well as the aged population.