Tea could help combat diabetes

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  1. tansy

    tansy New Member

    Some constituents of tea are thought to combat diabetes

    Drinking black tea could help prevent diabetes, according to new findings by scientists at Dundee University.
    The researchers said black tea may have the potential to combat type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.

    They believe certain constituents of tea could act as an insulin substitute.

    In Scotland, it is believed more than 190,000 people have diabetes which develops when the body fails to make enough insulin.

    In Tayside alone, latest figures show a 90% increase in the incidence of diabetes in the last 9 years.

    There is definitely something interesting in the way these naturally occurring components of black tea may have a beneficial effect

    Dr Graham Rena
    Dundee University

    The Dundee team, led by Dr Graham Rena, hopes to secure more funding to continue its investigation.

    In collaboration with colleagues at the Scottish Crop Research Institute, the researchers discovered that several black tea constituents, known as theaflavins and thearubigins, mimicked insulin action.

    "What we have found is that these constituents can mimic insulin action on proteins known as foxos," Dr Rena said.

    "Foxos have previously been shown to underlie associations between diet and health in a wide variety of organisms including mice, worms and fruit flies.

    "The task now is to see whether we can translate these findings into something useful for human health."

    Experimental stage

    Dr Rena stressed that further research was needed.

    "People shouldn't be rushing to drink masses of black tea thinking it will cure them of diabetes," he said. "We are still some way from this leading to new treatments or dietary advice.

    "Our research into tea compounds is at a preclinical, experimental stage and people with diabetes should continue to take their medicines as directed by their doctor."

    "However, there is definitely something interesting in the way these naturally occurring components of black tea may have a beneficial effect, both in terms of diabetes and our wider health."

    The results of the research appear in the current issue of the journal Aging Cell.

    source: bbc news website
  2. grace54

    grace54 New Member

    We hear a lot about green tea and it's benefits, hope they continue studying teas.Thanks:)
  3. Msdeana

    Msdeana New Member

    I have been using both green tea and black tea for years and two weeks ago I was diagnosed with non-insulin dependent diabetes. However it does run on both sides of the family and I have been dancing around it for over two years now. I'm also a nurse, watch my diet, and did everything right supposedly. I can deal with it, its the rest of my health problems that makes me bonkers. LOL huggies Deana.