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Diabetes Helped by Green Tea, New Studies

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2013-01-25 05:49

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions and can be a challenge to treat. Several new studies show how green tea may help patients better manage this disease and diabetic complications.

Green tea has compounds that help diabetes

Green tea is widely studied for a variety of health issues, and for good reason. Among its many helpful components are potent antioxidants called polyphenols, and a catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is of special interest.

In fact, scientists are so interested in EGCG, there is currently a clinical trial underway that is exploring how the green tea component affects the body’s response to insulin. While that study is underway, others have been completed, and here are some of the findings.

In a new study from Brazil, researchers explored the ability of green tea to protect the retina in diabetic rats. This information is critical because diabetics are prone to developing diabetic retinopathy, an eye condition that can result in blindness.

The researchers administered green tea to rats with diabetes and hypertension for 12 weeks. They discovered how treatment with green tea protected the retina against damage associated with glutamate (an amino acid) toxicity. Based on this finding, they noted they had found “a novel mechanism by which GT [green tea] protects the retina against neurodegeneration in disorders such as diabetic retinopathy.”

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In a new study released in the February 2013 issue of Current Opinion in Lipidology, the multinational team of investigators reported on results from studies on plant components called flavonoids and the development of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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ok i like the diet green tea so is that what i should be drinking or just use the tea bag type?do i just make a pitcher of green tea or can i drink the bottled tea?
I suggest the purest form possible, which means fresh tea leaves and powdered leaves are best. Green tea in tea bags is good, but bottled teas usually contain added ingredients such as sugars. Enjoy!
I have to let you all know, I use to have bleeders in my eyes. I drink a lot of green tea, hot or cold. I went to the eye doctor last Friday, and she could no longer find any bleeders. She said my eyes have improved a lot and I no longer needed to wear glasses. I always knew green tea was good for us, but wow!! This is was so amazing to hear from my eye dr. Keep up the good work, she said.
Congratulations on the improvement in vision, and thank you for sharing your news!

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