Green tea and coffee have been added to the foods and beverages preferred for a diabetic diet.
Diabetes is on the rise around the world. This has become a significant concern. Diabetes can be challenging to control, leading to severe diseases like cancer, dementia, heart problems, etc. This affects the quality of your life. Even though medical treatment can help manage the condition, lifestyle changes and diet modifications are still considered more effective. Green tea and coffee have been added to the foods and beverages recommended for people with diabetes. According to a recent study, drinking a lot of green tea or coffee could lower the mortality rate for diabetes patients.
The study was conducted in Japan, and the results have been published online in’BMJOpen Diabetes Research & Care ‘. According to the study, drinking four or more cups of green tea or two or more coffees daily for five years can reduce mortality rates by 63% in diabetic patients.
The study included 4923 people with type 2 diabetes, whose average age was 66. Of the 4923 patients, 2790 were men and 2133 were women. Self-administered questions were used to assess the consumption of green tea and coffee.
In this prospective study, we found that green tea and coffee consumption were significantly associated with decreased mortality from all causes in patients with Type 2 diabetes. The association was still significant even after potential confounders were considered: each beverage’s impact on mortality was independent. The report stated that combining green tea and coffee consumption reduced the risk of all-cause death by 63%.
Green tea, made from fresh Camellia sinensis leaves, contains caffeine, phenolic compounds, and theanine. Coffee is loaded with bioactive chemicals such as caffeine and phenolic compounds, which are both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory.
The study has some limitations that should be considered. The study relied on self-reported information to assess green tea and coffee consumption.