A new study of the effects of drinking a few cups of tea a day has found that this practice has many health benefits, ranging from reducing the risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease to overall mortality.
The study will be presented next week at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. According to the researchers, over one million adult participants from eight countries took part in the study.
The study found that drinking just one to three cups of your favorite tea drink lowered the risk of type 2 diabetes by four percent. In the meantime, it also reduced the risk of developing diabetes by one percent for every extra cup.
“Our results are exciting because they suggest that people can do something as simple as drinking four cups of tea a day to potentially reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes,” said the researcher behind the study.
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The researchers associated with the study indicated that the benefits of drinking tea may be related to the presence of polyphenols in tea leaves, which produce antioxidants.
These compounds help the human body by reducing inflammation and stress in the body. Consequently, it helps reduce the risk of certain cardiovascular diseases.
As reported by WION, a study published last month in the Annals of Internal Medicine also found positive effects of drinking tea.
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It’s worth noting that researchers at the US National Cancer Institute studied the tea habits of nearly half a million adults in the UK and followed them for up to 14 years, taking into account risk factors such as health, socioeconomics, smoking, alcohol consumption, gender, e.t.c.
Ultimately, the researchers concluded that drinking two or more cups a day lowers the risk of dying from any cause compared to non-tea drinkers by about 9 to 13 percent.
(With contributions from the agency)
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