Raise your cup to lower blood sugar

I’ve mentioned the benefits of green tea more times than I can count at this point. But the research just keeps coming in. So let me share the latest with you now.

As part of a recent meta-analysis, scientists took a closer look at 17 different clinical trials featuring more than 1,100 subjects. The goal? To evaluate the effect that green tea consumption has on blood sugar control.

Results were exactly what you would expect, given this beverage’s flawless reputation.

Green tea consumption significantly reduced insulin concentrations, pointing to increased insulin sensitivity. And of course, it also lowered fasting glucose and HbA1c levels. (Just to refresh your memory, HbA1c measures long-term blood sugar control.)

This study appears in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. And it points to at least one simple solution to our country’s runaway diabetes epidemic.

Replace every can of soda with a cup of green tea–hold the sugar.

Effect of green tea on glucose control and insulin sensitivity: a meta-analysis of 17 randomized controlled trials. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 Jun 26. [Epub ahead of print]