Tea drinkers Rare Diabetes | Tea drinkers can avoid type 2 diabetes, is certainly the best news for tea lovers. This is the latest research results. However, this can happen when we drink four cups of tea a day.
A study of populations in Europe found that the countries who drank four cups of tea a day - the average community in the UK - have a risk 20 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Researchers said the benefits of drinking tea seems most evident among drinkers of 4 or more cups of tea a day. While those who drank one to three cups a day does not have a reduced risk of diabetes.
The research team led by Christian Herder of the Leibniz Center for Diabetes Research at Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany, said previous research shows tea consumption was associated with a lower incidence of type 2 diabetes.
"Obesity is a major risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, but dietary factors may also play a role. One interesting factor is the consumption of diet tea. Tea consumption may lower risk of type 2 diabetes affect the digestion of glucose, glucose absorption, and to protect the beta cells from free radical damage. this beneficial effect may be caused by the content of polyphenols in tea, "said Herder.
"Drink at least four cups of tea per day was associated with a 20 percent lower risk, while drinking one to three cups per day did not lower the risk of diabetes compared with non-tea drinkers," he added.
Herder said, it is not certain whether the amount of tea intake influences. Therefore, he examined the association between tea consumption and the number of cases of type 2 diabetes in European populations.
Research was conducted at 26 centers in eight European countries, and consists of 12 403 incident cases of type 2 diabetes plus thousands of other volunteers who do not have the disease.
"Improving our understanding of lifestyle modification associated with the development of type 2 diabetes become very important because the prevalence of diabetes continues to increase rapidly."
"In line with these findings, no association of tea consumption when studied as a continuous variable. This may indicate that the protective effect of tea was limited to those who consumed the highest amounts of tea," he said.