TYPE 2 diabetes can be controlled by following a healthy diet and cutting down on certain food and drinks. Drinking this type of tea can help prevent blood sugar levels from rising.
Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the level of sugar in the blood is too high.
This happens when a person’s body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin.
Insulin is a chemical produced by the pancreas which controls the level of sugar in the blood.
If insulin is unable to do its job properly, too much sugar will remain in the blood, leading to type 2 diabetes.
People with type 2 diabetes can control the condition by taking medication, but also by making healthy lifestyle choices and eating a suitable diet.
Tea is one of the nation’s favourite drinks and research suggests it’s also a healthy drink - diabetes.co.uk
One popular drink which has been hailed for having various health benefits is tea, and some research has also shown it can be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes.
According to diabetes.co.uk, research has shown tea may improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the first place.
This because certain types of tea contain micronutrients called polyphenols, which may increase insulin activity.
Polyphenols are packed with antioxidants which can help protect against inflammation and carcinogens - properties which can help prevent type 2 diabetes.
However, diabetes.co.uk notes one study of the popular drink found adding milk decreased the insulin-sensitising effects.
The best type of tea to help improve insulin activity is therefore tea without milk, such as black tea, green tea and oolong tea.
According to diabetes.co.uk, a 2009 study showed drinking three cups of tea per day could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 40 per cent.
“Tea is one of the nation’s favourite drinks and research suggests it’s also a healthy drink,” said diabetes.co.uk.
“Tea brings a number of health benefits including improving insulin sensitivity.”
“However, research notes that some the benefits are best experienced if you drink your tea without milk.”
Research into tea has also shown it can help maintain healthy blood pressure, prevent blood clots, reduce cardiovascular disease and reduce the risk of developing cancer.
People with type 2 diabetes are also advised to increase or decrease their intake of other foods in order to control the condition.
This includes cutting down on processed foods and alcohol, but eating more fruit and vegetables.
Not smoking and making sure you include physical activity into each day are other recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes, and for the prevention of the development of the condition.
“A healthy diet and keeping active will help you manage your blood sugar level,” said the NHS.