ARC In Everyday Health: Green Tea and Diabetes

The health benefits of green tea — a beverage rich in antioxidants and nutrients — have been well reported and researched.  But, does it carry additional health benefits for people with type 2 diabetes?

In a new article, Everydayhealth.com takes a look at the “nutritional powerhouse” green tea with expert guidance from Winonah Hoffman, RN, with the Population Health program at Austin Regional Clinic.

The conclusion…it might.

A study published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences found that drinking four cups of green tea per day was linked to weight loss and lower blood pressure. Another study reported that the consumption of green tea (nearly six cups per day) was associated with a lower risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes.

But, before you jump on the green tea bandwagon, how you take it can reduce or negate any potential health benefits.

Research suggests that there aren’t negative effects to drinking green tea, as long as you’re not adding sugar, said Winonah to EverydayHealth.com. When treating people with diabetes, Winonah recommends never adding sugar to drinks; instead, she advises drinking unsweetened tea or tea with sugar alternatives, like stevia.

Stevia is a sugar substitute that comes from the leaves of the stevia plant. Winonah says she likes it as an option for people with diabetes because it has less than one calorie and no carbs per packet.

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Tags: Medical Home, diabetes, Population Health, Everyday Health, Winonah Hoffman