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Coffee: The New Health Drink?

Think there's an over the counter drug that could lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and colon cancer?

Well, there is, but you won't find it at the pharmacy. Try going to your local coffee shop counter to get a hold of this wonder drug.

As if you weren't already convinced that coffee belonged on a pedestal, this dark and dreamy beverage is beloved for its ability to wake you up, cure your headaches, and keep you regular.

And now, studies show that downing 1-3 cups of caffeinated coffee a day could reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes by less than 10%. But having 6 cups a day cut a woman's risk by 30%. Talk about overtime at Starbucks.

On the same note, the more java you drink, the less likely you are to develop Parkinson's disease.

So feel good about brewing up a cup (or 2 or 12) because overall, research shows that coffee is far more healthy for you than it is harmful.

Fit's Tips: Sipping hot coffee throughout your day can cause small fractures in your teeth called crazes. They happen when your teeth expand and contract from exposure to hot foods or liquids. Try sipping your cup of joe all at one sitting to prevent this from happening.

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HariboLicorice HariboLicorice 9 years
Good thing that crazy lady who dumped hot coffee all over her lap sued McDonalds a few years ago- now all our publicly bought coffee is only lukewarm so our teeth won't crack. :-) *sips coffee*
snowdaytoday snowdaytoday 9 years
I keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in my desk drawer to use after my morning cup.
Sweet-Adeline Sweet-Adeline 9 years
I just finished my third cup of black coffee while completing the crossword and I feel healthier now after reading the above benefits of java.
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