11 Jun 2012

4 cups of tea a day can cut diabetes risk

                LONDON: Scientists claim to have found the best way to slash the risk of developing diabetes - to drink at least four cups of tea a day. A study examining tea-drinking habits of more than 12,000 Type 2 diabetes sufferers in across Europe found that drinking four cups tea a day had a 20% lower risk of developing the illness.

The study found that benefits seemed to be most obvious among heavy tea drinkers - drinking a mere one to three cups a day doesn't lower the risk, the researchers said. However, drinking excessive tea prepared with milk and sugar could be quite harmful to health, according to experts.

"Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes, but dietary factors may also play a role. One dietary factor of interest is tea consumption," said study author Christian Herder of the Leibniz Center for Diabetes Research at Heinrich Heine University in Germany.

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