Is Green Tea right for Diabetics?

Organic Green tea provides a number of health benefits, such as decreasing your risk for cancer, high cholesterol, and Parkinson’s disease. Although research is yet to conclude, green tea may also help reduce the risk of developing diabetes and its complications. Irrespective of that, diabetics can safely drink green tea.?But they should carefully monitor their blood sugar levels because of the potential blood sugar-lowering effect of green tea.

For Type 1 Diabetics

Green tea has an antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate, or ECGC may help delay the onset of Type 1 diabetes. Studies conducted by British Journal of Nutrition have shown that green tea may help regulate blood glucose levels. It also helps slow the progression of this condition once you have it.

For Type 2 Diabetics

Drinking green tea may help lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes as well. One of the studies in Annals of Internal Medicine shows that subjects who consumed at least 6 cups of green tea per day had a 33 percent lower risk for Type 2 diabetes than subjects who drank 1 cup or less per week. Drinking at least 3 cups of coffee per day had a similar effect, but drinking black or oolong tea didn’t decrease diabetes risk. It?s important to note that there are several types of green teas available in the market. For example, teas that are caffeinated would not generate expected outcomes but rather can have a negative impact.

Effect on Common Diabetes Complications

Drinking 3 cups per day of organic green tea for 14 weeks helped limit increases of waist-to-hip ratio in women. This can also lead to improved blood flow as well as increased antioxidant levels, potentially decreasing the risk for obesity and other complications related to diabetes.

Other Considerations

Limit the number of caffeinated drinks to avoid consuming too much caffeine, which can cause side effects including heart palpitations, insomnia, irritability, headaches, diarrhea, and vomiting. Consult your nutritionist before adding organic green tea to your diet. Because it can interfere with a variety of medications, including beta-blockers, blood thinners, MAOIs and birth control pills.

 

 

Surbhi Jaiswal Verma

Ms. Surbhi Jaiswal Verma is a trusted Dietitian/Nutritionist in Noida and she has had many happy patients in her 2 years of the journey as a Dietitian/Nutritionist. She has done B.Sc. - Dietetics / Nutrition . Surbhi is currently associated as consultant Dietitian at Max Home Care in Noida and Mitr Hospital, Noida. She also previously with Care on Go. She is specialized in Therapeutic Nutrition and has completed B.sc. in Food & Nutrition.

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