Type 2 diabetes is one of the biggest health concerns we are facing today. According to Diabetes UK, there is an estimated 4 million people living with diabetes in the UK at present… and that includes the number of undiagnosed sufferers. This represents 6 per cent of the UK population or 1 in every 16 people having diabetes.
More than just a cuppa
Anyone suffering with type 2 diabetes will tell you that it’s all about keeping your blood sugar under control.
Your body is supposed to release enough insulin after you eat to bring your blood sugar back down to normal levels – but when that’s not the case, your soaring glucose leaves you unusually thirsty and tired.
According to a new study, published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, natural plant compounds in black tea called “polyphenols” can reduce the amount of glucose in your blood… even after you’ve had a sugary snack.
In the study, 24 participants – half with normal blood sugar levels and half pre-diabetic – ate a small, low-sugar dinner and then fasted until the next morning. For “breakfast,” they were given a sugary drink accompanied by a beverage containing tea polyphenols or a placebo.
When their blood sugar was measured over the next two hours, it turned out that the tea polyphenols appeared to suppress the blood sugar spike from the sugary treat and helped to reduce the amount of glucose in the blood – even among the pre-diabetic group!
Based on this evidence, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make black tea your beverage of choice, whether you are diabetic or not… and, of course, combine this with healthy snacks and meal choices.
Aside from the blood sugar benefits of tea, regularly drinking tea has also been shown to help slash the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia by half. It also helps promote strong bones and fights coronary artery disease.
Add a little kick to your cuppa with a slice of lemon rich in the vitamin C that also aids in blood sugar control. A recent meta-analysis found that over time, supplementing your diet with vitamin C can significantly reduce blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
Not all teas are created equal, though. Conventional, individually-wrapped tea bags can be laden with toxins, so I recommend choosing organic loose leaf and whole leaf teas and investing in your own tea strainer. And avoid store-bought flavoured iced teas because they are typically laden with sugar.
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Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.
Drinking Tea May Prevent You from Diabetes, lifeextension.com/News/LefDailyNews?NewsID=26503&Section=DISEASE
Black Tea Consumption Improves Postprandial Glycemic Control in Normal and Pre-Diabetic Subjects: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Crossover Study, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/28049262/
Studies from Newcastle University Have Provided New Data on Type 2 Diabetes, lifeextension.com/News/LefDailyNews?NewsID=26521&Section=VITAMINS