The risk of developing type 2 diabetes gets higher as a person gets older. But even so, doing your best to prevent it remains a good idea, even if you’re young. You could consider drinking at least four cups of tea every day, for instance.
NeuroscienceNews.com speaks about a massive review of 18 cohort studies that found tea consumption as a way to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Over 1 million subjects from 8 countries participated in the studies.
Drink at least four cups of tea every day
If you want a 17% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, you should drink at least four cups of green, black, or Oolong tea every day. That’s the method proposed by the new research in question.
Xiaying Li, the lead author of the research and also a scientist from Wuhan University of Science and Technology, explained, as NeuroscienceNews.com quotes:
While more research needs to be done to determine the exact dosage and mechanisms behind these observations, our findings suggest that drinking tea is beneficial in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, but only at high doses (at least 4 cups a day)
It is possible that particular components in tea, such as polyphenols, may reduce blood glucose levels, but a sufficient amount of these bioactive compounds may be needed to be effective. It may also explain why we did not find an association between tea drinking and type 2 diabetes in our cohort study, because we did not look at higher tea consumption.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals a few concerning facts about type 2 diabetes in the US. About 1 in 10 Americans deal with some form of diabetes. About 90 to 90% have type 2 diabetes.
More than 420 million people in the whole world deal with some form of diabetes.