Happiness or sadness, stress or celebration…a cup of tea is the answer to everything for a tea lover. Because of the presence of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic compounds present in tea, drinking tea is considered beneficial for health.
Now one more good news for tea lovers, a new study suggests drinking tea leads to a lower risk of type2 diabetes.
According to this study, drinking four cups of black, green, or oolong tea per day can lower the risk of developing type2 diabetes by 17% over a decade. This research was conducted on over 1 million adults from eight countries. The findings of this research were presented at the 2022 European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting.
“Our results are exciting because they suggest that people can do something as simple as drinking four cups of tea a day to potentially lessen their risk of developing type 2 diabetes,” says lead author Xiaying Li from Wuhan University of Science and Technology in China.
Adding milk to tea could enhance its benefits
According to Li, the protective effect of tea may be even greater by adding milk to tea. Although researchers did not investigate the effect of milk in tea, earlier studies suggest that dairy products can also have an anti-diabetic effect.
Li added, “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)”.