A new study has found that drinking tea is good for your health, as it reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 28%.
Experts explained that tea contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects that can improve insulin sensitivity.
Moreover, researchers found that in particular black tea, an aged tea that goes through microbial fermentation during processing, has a strong effect.
During the study, researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia and Southeast University in China examined the daily tea-drinking habits of 1,923 adults from China.
The participants included regular tea drinkers as well as those who only drank one type of tea.
The researchers asked participants how often they drank tea, ranging from never, occasionally, frequently, to daily. They also asked what types of tea they drank, such as green, black/dark, or others.
This data was then analyzed along with the results of urine glucose tests, insulin resistance, blood sugar levels, and current use of diabetes medication.
The researchers found that daily tea consumption was associated with increased urinary glucuronidase excretion and reduced insulin resistance, indicating lower chances of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.
When presenting their findings at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Hamburg, Germany, the researchers explained that drinking one cup of tea per day was associated with a 15% lower risk of diabetes, while the risk of developing type 2 diabetes was 28% lower compared to those who never drank tea.