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12 Surprising Ways to Beat Diabetes

Find out how cutting fat, finding a roommate, and catering to a caffeine habit can slash your risk for type 2 diabetes

Keep the Coffee Coming

f you need several jolts of java to help you get through the day, don’t despair. Your caffeine habit could actually fend off disease. People who drink more than six 8-ounce cups of coffee have a 29 to 54 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to an 18-year study from the Harvard School of Public Health. Those who drink four to five cups cut their risk about 29 percent, while one to three cups had little effect. The scientists suggest that caffeine helps rev metabolism and that the potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants in coffee help cells better absorb sugar. Just be careful not to load each cup with cream and sweetener, or your waistline could be in for a shock.

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