November 12, 2012

More Black Tea, Less Type 2 Diabetes


Green tea has received honorable mention for its health benefits but now black tea is showing promise in the fight against Type 2 diabetes. The study shows an association between high black tea consumption and low diabetes prevalence in the world.

The current research was based on the question: is black tea consumption correlated with one or more epidemiological indications? The answer is definitely one: diabetes. Black tea has a starring role in this study because it is relatively cheap, easy to prepare, and available worldwide. Black tea is the type most widely consumed in Western countries.

The data in this study was compiled using the World Health Survey (WHS). Each year the WHS analyzes information on the health of populations around the world. Using the 2009 data,  five key health indicators were selected in 50 countries: respiratory diseases, infectious diseases (tuberculosis and HIV), cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes.

The availability of black tea studies was underwhelming. However the compelling evidence of the inhibitory effect of black tea on diabetes was overwhelming.

Of the  countries observed in the study Turkey, Ireland, UK, and Russia consumed the most black tea. The lowest black tea consumption was observed in South Korea, Brazil, and China. The Chinese population drinks 30 times more green tea than black tea.

The evidence and analysis of the data do not indicate that countries not drinking black tea causes diabetes. However, the evidence indicates an obvious cause, which needs to be further investigated.

With the looming threat of Type 2 diagnosis expected to explode to 438 million in 2030, the application of an easy to access, easy to prepare, panacea deterring a diagnosis is a no-brainer. Don’t become a statistic. Drink positive: Lipton tea!

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