Tea consumption linked to lower diabetes risk: Unilever Study

Populations which drink high quantities of black tea have a significantly lower prevalence of diabetes, according to new study backed by Unilever.  The study – published in BMJ Open – assessed the black tea consumption rates of 42 different countries and analysed them against each country’s rates of respiratory, infectious and cardiovascular disease, as well as cancer and diabetes.  There was a linear correlation between the quantity of black tea consumed and the incidence of diabetes across the 42 nations – with the research revealing that on average, a population that consumes double the amount of black tea to another has about one quarter less cases of diabetes.  “While we cannot confirm a cause-effect relationship between tea drinking and diabetes, our findings are consistent with a number of biological, physiological, epidemiological and clinical studies suggesting that black tea components have a positive effect on glucose metabolism.”