Heavy caffeine users who drink more than three cups of coffee a day have a 50% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to Italian researchers from San Daniele Cardiology Hospital in Udine.
The researchers studied 1,180 patients aged between 18 and 45 who all had stage one hypertension but not diabetes. Over the course of six years, scientists diagnosed pre-diabetes in 24% of the sample group, with moderate coffee drinkers having a 34% increased risk of developing the condition and heavy caffeine drinkers a 50% heightened risk.
In a previous analysis the Udine team found that coffee was a risk factor for the development of sustained hypertension (high blood pressure). The risk is even greater for people who are overweight.
The report concluded that young to middle-aged people with high blood pressure should be aware that coffee consumption may increase their risk of developing diabetes in later life.
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