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Does black tea help prevent diabetes?

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Can black tea help prevent type-2 diabetes? Possibly, according to one study conducted in Switzerland.

The scientist never identified a specific chemical connection that explains why black tea is so effective, they did find that

countries where people drink a lot of black tea have lower rates of diabetes.

They suspect it's because beverage contains complex flavanoids which have been linked to other health benefits.

Medical experts here in the Mid-South are not convinced that black tea will keep type #2 diabetes away.

Mid-South doctors say the studies are not relevant here because people are not as physically active and meal patterns and portions sizes are very different.

Joan Morris, diabetes manager at Baptist Memorial Hospital says instead of focusing on tea patients should know their risk factors, eat a well-balanced meal, watch your portion sizes, and exercise to lose the pounds if you are overweight.

Those disciplines are backed up by a great deal of widely accepted research.

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To read the study, click here.

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