Editor’s Note: In light of recent concerns, the InqPOP! Editorial Team has revised the headline of this article to reflect and specify which component in green tea leaves can increase the risk of type 2 Diabetes.
Health educator Kenneth Cohen wrote that “a cup of tea is a cup of peace” because it makes you feel warm and fuzzy.
Hence, there are many kinds of tea you can enjoy around the world. And you’ve probably read various articles about its potential health benefits – including its lesser caffeine content from coffee. Despite its beneficial effects, tea is not a magical cure to your health concerns.
So, what can drinking tea do to your body?
One of the most consumed beverages in the world is green tea and China is its largest consumer. In a recent study posted by the International Journal of Epidemiology, it shows that drinking green tea could possibly increase the risk of having type 2 diabetes (T2D), particularly to Chinese adults.
The study included 119,373 adults from the Shanghai Women’s Health Study (SWHS) and the Shanghai Men’s Health Study (SMHS). Participants were examined to have no history of diabetes before engaging in this study. It also examined the details of the type and amount of tea consumed.
According to the researchers of China’s Fudan University, Vanderbilt University in the United States and other research institutions, “the increased risk associated with green tea drinking was observed in both women and men.”
The result further showed that the possible underlying reason for T2D risk is the pesticide residue from tea leaves. Exposure to pesticides are poisons that could lead to severe illnesses and diseases. The Pesticide Action Network UK adds that pesticides could create a further impact to an individual when combined with another chemical or substance.
Just like wine and coffee, there are different kinds of tea that suit your taste and preferences. And research like this could help you better enjoy your experience so you can avoid such unwanted effects from the herbal drink.
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