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Green Tea and Diabetes

Can green tea really help regulate your blood sugar level? Yes. The present study provides evidence that green tea has an antidiabetic effect. Not only is green tea beneficial prevent or delay the onset of type 1 diabetes, but may also help to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently reported that the green tea catechin epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) could enhance the action of insulin.

Similar result found by Dr. Stephen Hsu, one of the Medical College’s researchers. Their study had been focusing on Sjogrens syndrome and the ability to prevent/delay it through the use of the EGCG antioxidant found in green tea. Dr. Hsu, a molecular/cell biologist in the School of Dentistry, said that “learning that EGCG could delay and prevent insulin dependent Type 1 diabetes was a big surprise."

Recent studies suggest green tea catechins may reduce the amount of glucose that passes through the intestine and into the bloodstream. This will benefits diabetics by preventing blood-sugar spikes when tea is taken with meals.

Tea may also be an effective adjunct therapy for those who already have diabetes with diet and exercise. When used along with diet and exercise, you may find that green tea stabilizes your insulin levels enough to lower your dosage of medication.

Sample of green tea and diabetes studies below...

One study found that feeding green tea to rats reduced both blood glucose and insulin levels, and that catechins were very effective starch and sucrose blockers in the digestive tracts of rats.
Similar results were observed in humans.
When 300 mg (about 3 cups) of green tea were given to subjects ten minutes before taking in 50 grams of starch, their glucose and insulin levels did not rise nearly as much as was expected.

Brew yourself a couple cup of green tea. There seems green tea is harmless and have many reasons that it might be the healthiest thing you do all day!

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