According to the Tea U.S.A., over 80% of American households drink tea. For all the tea lovers the University Of Adelaide and South-East University China has some great news. Their latest study suggests that the consumption of dark tea could be helpful when it comes to reducing the spread of Diabetes, Type-2.
The research was presented at the Annual Meeting of The European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Hamburg and has created a lot of ripples since.
Type-2 Diabetes is very common and usually is diagnosed when the patient finds it difficult to produce insulin or the quantity produced is not enough for the body to tackle the blood sugar level in the blood. Diabetics could undergo a lot of varying symptoms from extreme hunger to blurred vision and frequent thirst. There are multiple treatments available including insulin therapy and medications, however, the best would still be to control it or manage it.
Doctors suggest there could be all kinds of reasons why one could be diabetic but primarily it depends on the weight, fat content in the body, family history, and sometimes your race or ethnicity could also be a factor. Your age, blood pressure, and cholesterol could all add to the risks which is very concerning. And this makes the study even more interesting.
Dark tea is a particular kind of tea whose leaves change color when added to water. These are predominantly found in China and include varieties like Pu’er. Pu’er has its roots in the Yunnan Province and is fermented after they are dried for a period of time. The lead researcher quipped, “The production of dark tea involves microbial fermentation, which generally yields a number of bioactive compounds and their derivatives, including alkaloids, free amino acids, polyphenols, and polysaccharides.”
Unlike regular tea, microbial fermentation allows it to constantly undergo oxidization which gives it all the benefits it has. Multiple researchers have pointed out that the tea has been known to reduce weight as it is full of probiotics. Moreover, it is also known to improve cholesterol with its abundance of dietary fiber and even reduces the accumulation of fat.
There are also copious studies available that point towards Pu’er being the solution to oral, breast, and colon cancer. “Pu-erh tea showed an inhibitory effect on human tongue carcinoma cells proliferation tested-Diphenyltetrazolium Bromide assay and induced apoptosis shown an anticancer effect,” as per the study, Pu-erh Tea Water Extract Mediates Cell Cycle Arrest and Apoptosis in MDA-MB-231 Human Breast Cancer Cells by Jing Xie. But what is the scope of the new study?
The study says that “daily consumers of dark tea had a 53% lower risk for prediabetes and 47% reduced risk for type 2 diabetes.” It included over 2000 participants who had prediabetes, were diabetic and had regular blood sugar levels. This has been calculated after taking into consideration all the risk factors like age, race, sex, weight, and physical activity.
When asked to comment on the findings, the researchers observed, “Our findings hint at the protective effects of habitual tea drinking on blood sugar management via increased glucose excretion in urine, improved insulin resistance, and thus better control of blood sugar. These benefits were most pronounced among daily dark tea drinkers.”
However, the findings have not generated much-needed interest. This could be due to the reason that the side effects of drinking dark tea are still unforeseen. Many believe that the implications could be more severe than the benefits and therefore suggest a thorough study with better risk management and biases.
Moreover, since the number of times the tea should be consumed has not been specified, no results can be considered concrete.
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