World Health Day – Beating Diabetes

Hello hello! Today at Bean Around Books & Tea we are celebrating World Health Day. This year’s theme is Beat Diabetes, a disease that affects hundreds of thousands of Canadians every year. Which is why today’s post is slightly different than other past Tea Culture posts we have done, because rather than focusing on one particular type of tea and it’s health benefits we are bringing the tea to the table, and going in depth on how all different kinds of tea are effective in managing diabetes (check out our super tea list below! 🙂 )

Tea and Diabetes truly go hand in hand (which sounds bad, but it’s true!) – the many health benefits of tea have been researched and have shown to tackle diabetes over spans of time, such as this Dutch study completed in 2009. Researchers found that people drinking up to 3 cups of tea a day could reduce the risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes by up to 40%!

Diabetes greatly restricts what people can eat, when they can eat it and their overall life. But drinking tea is one more wonderful addition to your diet that can help prevent diabetes.

The way the body works, insulin comes along to decrease sugar within the body, but with type 2 diabetes, the body isn’t so sensitive to insulin, so blood sugar levels go up. Through a complex biochemical reaction, tea helps sensitize cells so they are better able to metabolize sugar (http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/drinking-tea-diabetes-prevention/). In addition, tea contains polyphenol – which researchers believe to increase insulin activity – can help protect against inflammation and carcinogens. In other words, tea also has the potential to reduce the risk of getting certain forms of cancer.

By now you may be asking – What if I already have Diabetes? Am I too far gone?

No, not at all! In fact, emaxhealth claims there are 5 super teas that you should drink to help manage your Type 2 Diabetes:

  1. Bilberry/Huckleberry Tea
  2. Black Tea
  3. Ginger Tea
  4. Green Tea
  5. Sage

For those of you who do not have diabetes but are looking for further tips besides drinking tea to reduce the risk of diabetes, try keeping your alcohol intake to a minimum, don’t smoke, eat a minimal amount of processed foods, try to incorporate some form of physical activity in every day and include a variety of  fresh vegetables in every meal.

For more information on other preventative measures and fast facts about diabetes please visit diabetes.ca 

As always, thank you so much for reading and check back often for new blog posts!

Cheers! Lindsay 🙂

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