Coffee Against Type 2 Diabetes

Brianna Hensley

Article Summary

The author of the article "Why Coffee May Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes" is Alexandra Sifferlin. The article was published by Time Magazine on December 2, 2015. This article suggests that certain ingredients in both caffeinated and decaf coffee may help to protect against type 2 diabetes. The two components of coffee that are believed to defend against type 2 diabetes are cafestol and caffeic acid. This argument is made due to researchers from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark finding that cafestol increases blood sugar intake in the cells and caffein acid increases insulin secretion. This study was conducted using rats so the information presented in the article warns that the findings are unconfirmed and not necessarily definitive for humans due to the difference in human cells and rat cells. There are many ingredients and components found in coffee that could play a part and be responsible for these findings as well (Sifferlin).
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Article Critique

The author of "Why Coffee May Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes", Alexandra Sifferlin, writes articles for the magazine called Time, a very well known and popular magazine. Her articles include topics that cover health issues like infectious and chronic diseases, medicines and news. Other than being a common writer for Time magazine, she does not have any credentials in the nutrition field. She simply reports her findings from researchers. The article is sponsored by Time, an American weekly news magazine that is published in New York City. The article is very well-written that includes little bias with all of the sources correctly cited throughout the text. Sources such as the American Chemical Society's Journal of Natural Products and Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark are both cited accurately in the article to back up the research presented. The information presented throughout this article is based off of scientific evidence and research findings. However, at the end of the article, it states that the information presented is not in fact definite factual information, rather that the information is conclusions made from research done using rat cells, not humans. Therefore this information and conclusion made from the article attempts to avoid any misleading information to the reader and warns the reader that coffee is not necessarily in fact a preventative for type 2 diabetes, but that there is just information that support these findings. This statement allows the reader to know that this article only represents conclusions made from research findings, rather than being a proven fact. More valid information and more findings about how caffeine may affect type 2 diabetes can be found on the Time's website.


Sifferlin, A. (2015, December 2). Why Coffee May Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes. Retrieved from on April 3, 2016.