Drinking tea every day is a tradition that has been passed down by the Chinese for several years. According to the British “Daily Mail” recently reported that drinking at least 4 cups of tea a day can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. In order to uncover the mystery between drinking tea and diabetes, scientists at the University of Düsseldorf Diabetes Research Center conducted a large-scale study on the European population.
Dr. Heristian Hurd, head of the new study, said that early analysis showed that obesity is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, but eating habits such as drinking tea can directly affect the incidence of diabetes. Dr. Hurd’s analysis pointed out that drinking tea can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes because drinking tea can affect glucose metabolism, prevent elevated glucose levels, and prevent free radical damage and protect beta cells. These benefits of drinking tea are not related to the polyphenols contained in the tea.
The study involved 26 research centers in eight European countries, including 12,403 patients with type 2 diabetes and thousands of non-diabetics. According to the survey, tea drinking habits in European countries range from less than 4 cups/day for the Spaniards to the British. It was found that “drinking tea reduces the risk of diabetes” is most evident in the people who drink the most tea every day. Drinking 4 cups of black tea a day can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 20%. However, drinking 1-3 cups of tea a day does not seem to prevent diabetes.