Named a simple way to prevent the development of diabetes: it does not need a diet

In a study presented at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD

) in 2022, scientists analyzed the dataalmost 20 relevant studies. One million adult patients took part in them. Experts have found a link between tea consumption and a reduced risk of type ll diabetes. However, much depends on how much tea a person drinks.

Over the years, there have been manyresearch that mentions the potential health benefits of tea, from improving the cardiovascular system to reducing the risk of cancer. Now scientists have tried to clarify the relationship between tea drinking and the risk of developing type ll diabetes.

Biologists conducted a two-part review earlierexisting research. During the first stage, scientists conducted a cohort study. It used data from more than 5,000 adults followed for 12 years. Approximately half of the patients reported drinking tea. But, by the end of the follow-up period, the incidence of type ll diabetes was similar in both tea drinkers and non-tea drinkers.

Therefore, during the second phase of the studyexperts tested whether the dose-response aspect affects tea consumption and the development of diabetes. After reviewing data from 19 studies, experts found that the risk of type ll diabetes is reduced depending on how much tea a person drinks regularly.

People who drank one to three cups of tea a day were 4% less likely to develop diabetes. Those who drank at least four cups of tea a day had a 17% lower risk of developing the disease.

The lead author of the study, Xiaying Li, said thata reduction in the risk of developing diabetes was observed even after adjusting for gender, geographic location, and the type of tea consumed. Lee said that this suggests that something in the drink is affecting the body's metabolism.

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