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Coffee May Reduce the Severity of Liver Disease in People with Diabetes

A new study, conducted by researchers from the University of Coimbra in Portugal, suggests that caffeine and polyphenols found in coffee may reduce the severity of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

For this study, the research team assessed 24-hour urinary screening and self-reported coffee intake data of 156 middle-aged male and female volunteers. All participants were borderline-obese, and 98 of them had type 2 diabetes. Every participant was asked to provide a 24-hour urine sample and keep a coffee and food diary.

The authors write in their paper: “Our study indicates that higher cumulative amounts of both caffeine and non-caffeine metabolites measured in a 24 h urine collection are associated with a less severe NAFLD profile.”

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