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Your Morning Cuppa

If you're among the 64 percent of Americans who drink coffee every day, you'll be thrilled to know of one more health benefit: It may reduce inflammation. A long-term study found that people who drank at least 1.5 cups of coffee a day were 54 percent less likely to develop Type-2 diabetes than those who didn't drink coffee. Why? The researchers noted that one inflammation marker was lower in coffee drinkers, which may explain the link. And if you need another reason to enjoy a cup, in some older adults, caffeine may also stymie an inflammatory process that increases risk of heart disease. Just ask for it black (if that's not possible, add a splash of milk; but stay away from the sugary creamers) and keep it to one or two cups.