Drink Green Tea to help fight Type 2 Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease

At present, there are currently around 3 million people in the UK diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, with an estimated 850,000 of further undiagnosed cases. Last night Hollywood star Tom Hanks came forward to announce that he himself had just been diagnosed with the condition, having displayed high levels of sugar in his blood for more than 20 years. And he’s not alone – Halle Berry and Sir Steve Redgrave are another two high profile figures to have been diagnosed with the condition. Type 2 Diabetes is most commonly diagnosed in those over 40; however medical professionals have reported a recent surge in the number of cases in younger age groups, leading many to contemplate if they too could be at risk.

However, if you are one of those people, then fear not, as it appears that the solution for preventing this problem may be less complex than first thought, and may in fact lie in the contents of your tea cup…
According to a study, which was carried out by the Centre of Excellence for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research at the University of Mauritius, drinking up to 3 cups of green tea a day can dramatically decrease your likelihood of developing both Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease.

In the study, participants were split into two groups; the first group contained 77 people who had been diagnosed with higher than normal blood sugar levels, or ‘prediabetes’ as it is commonly described, whilst the remaining 78 participants had normal blood sugar levels. The first group were asked to drink 3 cups of green tea a day before meals for 14 weeks, whilst the second group were asked to drink 3 cups of hot water before meals throughout the same period.

Professor Theeshan Bahorun, who conducted the study, reported that the antioxidant defences in those previously diagnosed as ‘prediabetic’ were greatly reinforced after the 14 week period, with improvements not only in their blood sugar levels,  but also their immune system, liver and kidney function and inflammation levels in their blood.

Charbrew founder, Adam Soliman, hopes that these recent findings will encourage more people around the UK to recognise green tea as an effective means of preventative medicine.

“Whilst the health benefits of green tea are becoming increasingly recognised by the British press, I feel that the medicinal and preventative qualities that they offer need to be more publically recognised by medical professionals whom the British public look to as an authoritative voice on topics such as Diabetes.”

“This study isn’t the first to recognise the health benefits of green tea, other research has revealed that it can help lower blood pressure, protect against arthritis and help diminish the likelihood of developing skin cancer, to name but a few. But without notable recognition of green tea’s medicinal benefits from public health bodies, these can often be overlooked by many consumers as marketing strategies from tea manufacturers, but that is far from the case.”

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