Green Tea Better than Coffee for Diabetics
While coffee drinking seems to lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, it can spike blood sugar in people who people who already have the disease. (Lane, JD, et al. Diabetes Care, Feb. 2008;31:221-222.)
Green tea, on the other hand, also reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and can help those who already have it. It improves insulin sensitivity, so when it’s used along with diet and exercise, you may find that green tea stabilizes your blood sugar and insulin levels enough to lower your dosage of medication. (Potenza, MA et al Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2007 May;292(5):E1378-87. Epub 2007 Jan 16.)
Plus, green tea can help you in managing your weight–which is key to preventing diabetes–by speeding up your metabolism and helping you burn fat. So, in addition to helping keep insulin levels stable, you may find it easier to keep your weight under control with green tea as part of your diet.
The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: If you’re a diabetic coffee-drinker and have trouble controlling your blood sugar after meals, switch to freshly-brewed green tea, or use high quality green tea extract. If you do drink coffee, make it decaf.
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Article updated on: March 6th, 2008