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Drinking tea every day can help prevent diabetes – NiT

Tea lovers alert: drinking tea every day can help prevent diabetes

The disease affects millions around the world and results from lifestyle combined with genetic causes. This simple habit can prevent it.

Maybe it’s better to increase the amount.

Drinking tea is a habit for many Portuguese, especially when the weather starts to cool down. But it might be better to increase the amount you drink of this drink. It appears that drinking about four cups a day helps to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

“The results are encouraging because they suggest that people can do something as simple as drinking four cups of tea a day to potentially lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes,” explained Xiaying Li, a professor at Wuhan University of Science and Technology. in China and the lead author of the study that will be presented next Sunday, September 23, at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Stockholm, Sweden.

This habit can reduce risk by 17 percent over 10 years, the research concludes. “If you add milk to the cup of tea, the protective effect can be even greater”, revealed the researcher. This suggestion stems from data obtained from previous studies proving that dairy products can also have an antidiabetic effect.

The conclusions were obtained by analyzing 19 studies that linked tea consumption with diabetes. Data from more than one million adults from eight countries on different continents were analyzed and the results pointed to the existence of a “significant linear association” between drinking black, green or Oolong tea — a traditional Chinese tea — and a reduced risk of become diabetic.

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Compared with those who didn’t drink tea, people who drank one, two or three cups a day had a 4 percent reduced risk. Those who consumed four or more cups a day had a 17 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The correlation is consistent across both sexes.

The reason for this protection is attributed to the characteristics of the leaves that give rise to the drink. “It is possible that certain components of tea, such as polyphenols, contribute to lowering blood glucose levels, but a sufficient amount of these bioactive compounds is required for them to be effective,” said Li.

Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 percent of the disease worldwide (almost 400 million adults). It is an acquired condition that results from lifestyle combined with genetic causes. Changing habits can prevent or delay its development and the complications that appear following the diagnosis.

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