If the mere smell of a freshly brewed cup of coffee is more satisfying than realizing your husband cleaned the entire house, you’re officially a java fiend. And that’s not a bad thing: A few cups a day might reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.
“Drinking 3 to 4 cups of coffee daily helps lower the risk of type 2 diabetes because of the combination of chemicals contained in coffee beans that are involved in metabolism,” Jaakko Tuomilehto, MD, PhD, and co-director of the Congress, says in a press release. One such chemical, chlorogenic acid, may actually help lower blood glucose levels.
Of course, these latest findings still fall short of establishing a causal relationship between java and diabetes. But this isn’t the only potential health benefit linked to a cup of joe. We’ve got a few extra reasons for you to slip up:
Coffee boosts your memory Researchers at the University of South Florida found that caffeinated coffee increases the levels of a hormone that helps produce new neurons, which may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. (Combine coffee with these Smart New Strategies To Ward Off Dementia.)
A cup of java promotes heart health A study published in Circulation: Heart Failure found that moderate coffee consumption—approximately two 8-ounce cups a day—was associated with a lower risk of heart failure. (Also nosh on these 9 Superfoods For Your Heart for even more ticker protection.)
The brew reduces your risk of skin cancer Caffeinated coffee can reduce your risk of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, according to a study published in Cancer Research. Decaf, on the other hand, didn’t appear to have any effect.