Can coffee cut severity of fatty liver disease in diabetics? Check what new study finds

It is to be noted that NAFLD is not excessive alcohol consumption but because of an unhealthy lifestyle with little physical activity and a high-calorie diet.

The study suggests that for overweight type 2 diabetes patients, a higher intake of coffee is associated with less severe NAFLD.
The study suggests that for overweight type 2 diabetes patients, a higher intake of coffee is associated with less severe NAFLD.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) among overweight can be reduced with help of caffeine, polyphenols and other natural products found in coffee. This was found in a new study by the Portugal-based University of Coimbra. The study found that the severity of NAFLD among overweight people with type 2 diabetes (T2D) can be controled.

NAFLD, a collective term for liver disorders caused by a build-up of fat in the liver, can lead to liver fibrosis. This can progress to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver cancer, according to a study

It is to be noted that NAFLD is not excessive alcohol consumption but because of an unhealthy lifestyle with little physical activity and a high-calorie diet.

“Due to changes in modern diet and lifestyle, there is an increase in obesity rates and incidence of both T2D and NAFLD, which can ultimately develop into more severe and irreversible conditions, burdening healthcare systems,” said John Griffith Jones.

Jones is the corresponding author of the study and Senior Researcher at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

“Our research is the first to observe that higher cumulative amounts of both caffeine and non-caffeine metabolites in urine are associated with a reduced severity of NAFLD in overweight people with T2D,” he added.

The study found that participants who consumed more coffee had healthier livers. Also, participants who consumed more caffeine were less likely to develop liver fibrosis, whereas patients who consumed more non-caffeine coffee components had a lower fatty liver index score.

The study suggests that for overweight type 2 diabetes patients, a higher intake of coffee is associated with less severe NAFLD.

Additionally, the study cited that other coffee components, including polyphenols, reduce oxidative stress in the liver, in turn reducing the risk of fibrosis as well as improving glucose homeostasis in both healthy and overweight subjects.

All these factors may also alleviate the severity of T2D, the study mentioned.

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