- New study shows that shows that coffee may reduce risk of diabetes
- Scientists have found a compound called 'cafestol' that may help
- The study was published in the journal of Natural Products
For the study, the scientists used a mice model to examine if 'cafestol' would help prevent or delay the onset of Type-2 diabetes in mice. Scientists chose a model of mice called KKAy mice that are prone to develop diabetes. Forty-seven male mice were randomly divided into two groups - treatment and control groups.
While all the mice consumed a normal diet, the mice in the treatment group were fed with 'cafestol' daily for 10 weeks. The animals in the control group were not given 'cafestol'. At the end of 10-week period, blood samples for fasting glucose, glucagon and insulin as well as liver, muscle and fat tissues for gene expression analysis were collected. The researchers isolated islets of Langerhans which produce insulin and measured their insulin secretory capacity.
The researchers concluded that cafestol possesses anti-diabetic properties in mice. They believed that their findings could spur the development of new drugs to treat or even prevent the disease.
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