Coffee May Be Able to Help Treat Type-1 Diabetes

A group of Swiss researchers say a new implant that produces insulin when triggered by caffeine could eliminate daily insulin pricks typically used to treat type 1 diabetes and prove there are more benefits to coffee than a quick boost of energy. Using human kidney cells, the team developed a medicine that releases insulin when caffeine enters the system. When triggered by Starbucks coffee, Red Bull and energy gum, among other stimulants, the implant successfully signalled the medicine’s release in tests conducted on mice.

This result could alleviate some of the pain and inconvenience of multiple insulin shots per day for patients with type 1 diabetes, caused when the pancreas doesn’t produce the hormone that turns blood sugar, or glucose, into energy, as lead researcher Martin Fussenegger explained to The Guardian.

Fussenegger stated that you could completely integrate this into your lifestyle. For example, you have a coffee or tea in the morning, another after lunch and another at dinner, depending on how much of the drug you need to get your glucose back.

In fact, the Swiss paper is one of many studies published in the last month highlighting the benefits of caffeine. U.S. Army scientists developed an algorithm to ascertain how much coffee one should drink to improve their alertness and when to drink it, results are especially significant for those who run on limited sleep such as service members.

What’s more, another study found that consuming coffee could even make you a better team player. People who drank more coffee contributed more to group meetings and tended to stay on-topic in comparison to their decaffeinated co-workers. Those who drank coffee also evaluated team performance more positively due to increased alertness, as Ohio State University researchers found.

Challenging California’s now-redacted carcinogen warning, research presented last week found people who regularly drink coffee have lower mortality rates and healthier livers. Another study says the drink reduces the risk of kidney disease since it improves blood flow.


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