Is Green Tea Good For Diabetes?

Is Green Tea Good For Diabetes?


Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com,
researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is
green tea good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you
download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping
guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link below. If you watched our video on hibiscus tea you
know I am from the south and only drink 1 kind of tea, sweet ice tea. But I have been getting questions about these
other types of tea and I am really enjoying researching them. Green tea. I have seen this product all over the place
but never really looked at it closely. So I decided the first thing I should do is
see what it really is. I was first surprised to learn that green
tea and black tea originate from the same exact plant species—Camellia sinensis. What determines whether a tea is green or
black is the variety of the tea plant and how the tea leaves are processed. For green tea, leaves are taken from the Camellia
sinensis plant. They are then quickly heated then dried to
prevent oxidation. By contrast, black tea leaves are allowed
to fully oxidize before they are heat-processed and dried. So is this green tea really good for you? Christopher Ochner, a research scientist at
Mount Sinai Hospital said, “It’s the healthiest thing I can think of to drink. Why is green tea so healthy? “It’s all about the catechin content,” says
Beth Reardon, RD, a Boston nutritionist. Catechin is a powerful antioxidant proven
to fight and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea seems to help keep blood sugar stable
in people with diabetes. Because catechins lower cholesterol and blood
pressure, they can help protect against the damage a high-fat diet can cause, Ochner says. Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, a cardiologist, director
of women’s heart health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City citing a 2014 study review
said, “We know people with diabetes have problems metabolizing sugar. Insulin comes along to decrease sugar, 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
— especially green tea — helps sensitize cells so they are better able to metabolize
sugar. Green tea is good for people with diabetes
because it helps the metabolic system function. There you go, who am I to contradict a cardiologist
who just said Green Tea is good for people with diabetes. I hope this answered your question is green
tea good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management
book by clicking the link in the description box below. Let me know if you have any other diabetes
related questions. Thank you
I am Ty Mason

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