Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Coffee, Tea Protect Against Diabetes

People who drink 3 to 4 cups of coffee or tea a day have a 25 per cent lower risk of developing diabetes, than those who drink little or no tea or coffee. This is from a study conducted by the University of Sydney in Australia.

What is it about these beverages that is so amazing? I'd like to know, since I'm not big on either one.

"Coffee has been shown to be a major source of antioxidants in the U.S. (and Canadian) diet. These compounds can prevent damage to cells." quote from The Globe and Mail, Dec. 15, 2009

The article says these findings are significant - the International Diabetes Federation projects that by 2025, 380 million people worldwide could have type 2 diabetes, which is associated with overeating and a lack of exercise. In North America, 10.2 per cent of the population has diabetes, so doctors may advise patients at risk of diabetes to increase their consumption of tea and coffee, in addition to increasing their levels of physical activity.

Question: Do coffee and tea drinkers exercise more than those who don't drink those beverages?

On the flip side, I remember an article warning that more than five cups of coffee a day, and you are at risk for a heart attack.

So it's the antioxidants in tea and coffee! Well then, you can increase your intake of antioxidants in so many different ways. Fruits and veggies are packed with antioxidants. Rev3 contains antioxidants from black, green and white teas at moderate levels. The Usana Essentials, Proflavanol and Coquinone contain a wide variety of antioxidants.

Food for thought...and now, I must take a break and get on the treadmill downstairs. No matter how many antioxidants you consume in a day, a person still needs to exercise.

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