East Texas experts say drinking coffee can lower chances of Type 2 diabetes

East Texas experts say drinking coffee can lower chances of Type 2 diabetes

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Experts said drinking coffee daily could help lower your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. The disease affects millions worldwide including right here in East Texas.

For many East Texans, it's the best part of waking up.

"I drink coffee literally every single day," Miranda Cheeber, Java Jack employee said.

A hot cup of Joe a day can make a difference.

"Every day I probably drink three or four cups, or more, said Charity Carney a Java Jacks customer.

"I drink coffee basically at least once a day," said Micah Doyle, a Stephen F. Austin State University student. "I have a cup in the morning, and if I have a couple of bucks to spare, I drop by Java Jacks in the evening."

As CHI Saint Luke Health's dietitian, Ethel Ballenger, explained it, a cup of coffee can go a long way when it comes to your health.
"After they did meta-analysis of different studies, they show that caffeine maybe beneficial in lowering your risk of Type 2 diabetes," Ballenger said.

Before you grab your java on the way to work, there are a few things you should keep in mind. For one, adding flavors could mean extra calories.

 "When you're talking about your cappuccino, and all of those flavored coffees, you're adding a lot more calories," Ballenger said.  "That may defeat the purpose of having the caffeine that you get from the coffee."

This is why some residents don't mind having their coffee black.

"I usually drink a regular coffee and put a little bit of almond milk in it," Cheeber said. "But just black is fine."

Ballenger said that's the healthiest way to go.

"If you could take it black that would be a better choice," Ballenger said. "You would have at the most 5 calories."

There are those who can't live without it.

"I couldn't really get through the morning without it, and my colleagues would hate me if I didn't," Carnet said.

You could be living a healthy lifestyle. Experts said it isn't the only answer to lower your chances of Type 2 diabetes.

"It's not the coffee that's going to fix it, it's the lifestyle changes that are going to fix it," Ballenger said. "Keeping the weight off, eating a wide variety of foods, and adding some physical activity."

"Happy National Coffee Day," Carney said.

Ballenger said there is a high percentage of people with Type 2 diabetes in East Texas.

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